I Think the first thing I want to discuss in this section is the difference between custom building and restoring Fender Stratocasters. Building a Fender Strat for the most part, is like glue-ing a model car or airplane together when you were a kid. Except everything bolts together. If you know your Fender guitars, like the differences between a 1957 and a 1962,1967, 1970, 1975, and the famous 1984-1987. You will do well. On this site you will find under "How Guitars are Made" the differences in the thickness of the three types of Fender Bodies that were introduced through the years.
|It's very interesting to me the differences in musicians ideas of what restoration is on a vintage piece. And what restoration really is. It's not making a guitar brand new! It's not being able to wave a magic wond and there's a brand new shinning 25 or older guitar and leave out the dings, the scrathes, the rusted pick guard screws, and chipped back tremolo plate or scratched up neck plate. By introducing such new items would rob the vintage history of the classic beauty. If one wants a new strat, they can buy one and change every thing over. That just doesn't make sense. I think we must come to terms on what is restoration, and just what isn't....|
Now that we have established the fact that restoration is fixing that which is broke and leaving the rest for chatter. lets see what it takes to fix that which is broke. Tape, glue, and bandaid. No, changing original parts that are no longer functional is not a crime or heresy. What parts you replace them with can be that crime or heresy... Look if your going to upgrade, then, go for it. It's your Axe. But your not going to win awards for it. I'm putting up in the site with maybe a Betty Boop link that will take you to papatom's pictures of a Cheverlet Corvet Club asked me to take photo's for a magazine. Believe me, those cars are judged first on originality, not replaced newer hiped up parts....
In the picture above we have a relic looking 1983 vintage JV MIJ Pot, switch and harness. Looks pretty good too. That is electronically. I know the source. And that's another subject we will talk about later. Even buying off Ebay can be risky is you don't know the source or if it's reliable. And just because they say they are reliable doesn't mean they are. But if your dealing with a seller who is a red star and has one hundred percent feed back, you can pretty much trust that source. But we'll talk more about that later.
Parts and replacing parts is essential to restoring a vintage guitar. Let's use Fender Strat's cause they're really easy. Well, there is some experience neccessary.