Ok, so here is a post I have been meaning to do for a long, long time. Ages ago I bought a Fender Classic Series 70s Stratocaster but I absolutely hated the thick poly coating. The neck, although had a really comfortable profile felt so slippery and hard to play and the body had so much poly finish on it that it was like it was dunked in a big bucket of poly goop and hung out to dry… The poly finish on it was horrible.
So I decided I would repaint it in the style of a Hendrix’y strat, with a white theme… You can see the process documented on my post titled Repainting my Classic Series 70s Stratocaster
The following pics are the finished result. The pics are taken at two different time periods. The ones with the pavers as the back drop are the photos I took not long after it had been painted in September, 2012. The photos taken on the plush back drop were taken in May of 2015.
The Fender Bandmaster VM head is part of Fender’s Vintage Modified (like the Super Champ XD) range of amplifiers and aims to blend elements of vintage and modern amps together, which you can imagine divides opinions. Although some models such as the ‘Super Champ‘ are very popular and actually sound great.
Although I have probably bought and sold more Fender Stratocasters than any other type of guitar, for some reason I keep coming back to them. I just love them for their warm woody tones, iconic design, versatility and they just feel so damn good to play.
Recently I was lucky enough to purchase a newer model Mexican Strat, and was suitably impressed with it I must say. This particular Made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster that we are looking at today is the 2008 model in an Olympic White finish.
Recently I posted an article about a secondhand Classic Series 70s Stratocaster that a purchased some time ago, if you read that article you would find that I had mixed feelings about this guitar, I loved the weight, balance and feel of the guitar, but I just couldn’t get past the thick poly coating.
So after a little bit of thought I decided to re-paint the guitar. Below is a series of videos I made of the entire rebuild process.
In this first video, I published a short intro into the planing of the rebuild process.
A while ago now I picked up a second hand Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster.
According to www.guitardaterproject.org , the serial number reads that it was made in Mexico between 2000 and 2001.
This model has an Ash body with the natural finish, a maple “U” Shape neck with a large headstock and bullet truss.
When I bought the guitar it had a set of noiseless pickups installed, which sounded pretty good, but they just weren’t what I was wanting for a 70s style Strat.
Here’s a video of the noiseless pups in the guitar as it was when I bought it.