56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby cedarchoper58 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:20 am

steveokla wrote:Anyone had experience with the 63? I played one once some years ago and my recollection is it had a rounded, chunky neck


I almost bought a 63 around 15 years ago but did not because the neck was chunkier than my 62. I was surprised that a guitar made 6 months after my 62 was so different. I wish I had bought it now. It was mint and only $5,000.
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby steveokla on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:58 pm

$5,000? Dang, you really did let one get away.

While I'm generally not much on custom colors and don't seek them out, there is ONE exception. I'm an absolute sucker for any Oly white Strat with a rosewood board. Naturally, it's because that's what JH was playing early on, and it was on the cover of the first of his albums I bought-at least I think it was that one. Just been too long. Anyway, it's the look I always associate with him, the Woodstock Strat notwithstanding. When the market was at its height, I would have moved heaven and earth to get a Strat like that--anything from the '60''s. Never happened and I just moved on. I usually breeze by ad for custom colors as they add a bunch to the cost, and I wouldn't pay dime extra for a guitar because of the color.

That said, there's a '63 on ebay right now that's calling to me. My better judgment tells me i should stay focused on my '56-57 quest, but that Oly white '63 has got something stirring that's hard to ignore. Hence my asking about the '63 neck. Here's the link. Purports to be all stock--is it?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/310912458120?ss ... 1423.l2649
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby Banker on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:02 pm

I have a '62 and a '63, both necks are full, but nowhere close to an early Tele neck. Try early '62, with the slab board.......for my money the best tone Strat's out there. Necks tend to be very comfortable too.

Here's a Jan '62.

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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby steveokla on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:36 pm

Thanks much! beautiful guitar. As you have both: the '63's I've played have seemed chunkier to me than the '62's, but, then again, there's some variation from one Strat to the next. Has that been your experience, or do you find the '62 and '63 the same? the few '61's I've played have had fairly rounded necks, as well-chunkier, at least, than the skinny, flat profiles I've experienced on '59's and '60's.
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby cedarchoper58 on Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:59 am

could be slab vs non slab. Slab being thicker would make since. My 62 is a non slab and is much thinner than a 63 I almost bought.
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby Banker on Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:50 am

There does seem to be some variation, but the later '62's have smaller necks from what I've seen. I like the earlier slab board versions.

At the end of the day, there's no substitute for playing before you buy. Get yourself to Arlington and you'll be overwhelmed by the number of great guitars for sale.

Good luck with it.

John

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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby cedarchoper58 on Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:19 pm

gota watch it at the shows. They tend to be over priced from what I have seen and try and low ball ya if your selling. I took my 57 in the original case to one just to see what happened. I had all kinds of people calling me over to there booths when they saw the case and they all acted like I was a idiot and were offering me 2-3K for the guitar with original case. It was like a feeding frenzy with low ball numbers.

Banker that strat into the rangemaster/marshall is way cool :)
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby steveokla on Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:08 pm

cedarchoper58 wrote:gota watch it at the shows. They tend to be over priced from what I have seen and try and low ball ya if your selling. I took my 57 in the original case to one just to see what happened. I had all kinds of people calling me over to there booths when they saw the case and they all acted like I was a idiot and were offering me 2-3K for the guitar with original case. It was like a feeding frenzy with low ball numbers.

Banker that strat into the rangemaster/marshall is way cool :)


That's been precisely my experience at shows. I've watched them low ball a potential seller for a guitar with precisely the same guitar in lesser condition immediately behind them in their booth with a preposterously high asking price. I've occasionally, though not often, bought at a show and gotten a decent, even a good, deal. It's always been in the last hour before the show has closed down when a my offer is truly the last chance to sell before packing up. Mostly, however, even if I find something I like, it doesn't work out. For the most part, I rely on a dealer friend of mine to watch for stuff and let me know if something comes in the door that I'm looking for.
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby cedarchoper58 on Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:09 am

did you get one :)
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Re: 56 v. 57, soft V v. hard V-worth an extra 2500? Help!

Postby steveokla on Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:39 pm

cedarchoper58 wrote:did you get one :)


Got a deal in the works--hoping to know for sure if it will go down tomorrow (Tuesday). Will let you know. Thanks, Steve
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