New to this fourm and need help with any info. you can give me on my ( what I think is an original 1964 strat. body with a 1967 strat neck.
Info. like if all of the controls are original, if date is correct.. ect.
Yes. Belt-sander relicing?FuncleManson is correct. You should unbolt the neck and get a few pics of the end and bottom of the heel... the neck actually looks more like a '61 neck.
But that body is suspect at best: no worm route, very unnatural wear patterns, 2-tone sunburst ('61 should be 3-tone), no nail holes, etc.
The number may be valid, but I seriously doubt the plate itself is real. It screams imitation with poor/light stamping, misalignment, & incorrect font.The neckplate is a 1963 from a decoder. Fender self help customer research site doesn't have that serial number in their archives, but that just means they don't have it in a database, doesn't mean it isn't real ?
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Thank you @Guitarchaeologist, saves me having a rant.This is a joke, right???
Nothing there appears to be pre-CBS... few parts are even clearly Fender.
The neck (that had a locking nut at some point) could, possibly, be authentic, but if so, it would be at latest a 1960 (based on the crooked decal), but given the suspect nature of the rest of the guitar, it's doubtful.
The body finish almost looks like an 80s 57 AV (2-tone 8-hole guard), but the lack of worm route and the really odd control cavity cut (which shouldn't even be on a 57 AV), suggest it is not even that.
The very modern 5-way switch is a Fender product. Possibly the pickups, possibly. The neck plate is fake, the pots are likely from the 80s, at best, the 11-hole pickguard is aftermarket, etc etc etc.
Then let's talk about this extremely poorly executed relic job.
I would also take the guitar apart to determine if the neck has the Fender usual stamping for a date, inspections or whatever. I would look in the neck pocket for those things too.The neckplate is a 1963 from a decoder.
The vintage guitar market is sadly full of fraud. We have seen variations of story before, the fraudster would always prefer to have an honest fool sell it for him. Or the fraudster would like to play the fool, and deflect blame back on the previous owner. I'm not making any accusations, but if your friend is a guitarist he is probably the guy who assembled it. Very reasonable for him to distance himself from anyone trying to sell this as a vintage collectible.This guitar belongs to a dear Friend of mine and He asked me if I can sell it for him.