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Unread 05-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Look what my Uncle found in the dumpster... (56k....stfu)

...a 1977 Fender Stratocaster!

I was at his place and he took out a guitar case and told me he found it in the dumpster. He works at a recycling plant and I guess he has access to a bunch of dumpsters . I know for a fact someone didn't purposely throw this out. They must had it stolen or was kicked out of their place and everything was thrown in the garbage.
Once i opened the case, I was greeted by the stench of piss. The guitar was filthy; dirt caked all around the frets. I managed to clean it up a little bit, it's still pretty rough. Anyway, he wants to sell it and split the money.




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Unread 05-13-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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Probably threw it out because it's a hardtail
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so does it still come with that authentic piss smell?
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so does it still come with that authentic piss smell?
Vintage piss has better tone

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Probably threw it out because it's a hardtail
I've liked the two hardtail American Strats that I have had more than the trem'd ones that I have had.

Either way, awesome score. I'm never lucky enough to come upon stuff like that.
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Right now I'm listening to Willie and the Hand Jive by Eric Clapton, and now I saw this, I can imagine that's what I'd play on it...
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It was originally white but then, you know, piss...

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I'd keep it and name it the pisscaster
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Update: just sold this guitar for $1000 10 minutes ago

going to miss the pisscaster
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Should have cleaned it up and kept it, those 70s strats kick all kinds of ass

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Well, the pictures really don't show how dirty it is. Anyway, my Uncle wanted the money. I totally would have kept it. I'm telling him to keep an eye out for more guitars

And for a guitar found in the garbage, $1000 ain't that bad!
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Should have cleaned it up and kept it, those 70s strats kick all kinds of ass

Especially given you sold it for less than it was worth

Really? Given its serial number it's only a '77 or '78, which all things considered isn't that old for a vintage Fender, and it's a CBS. Last I heard late 70s Fenders could still be had for a pretty decent price, but I suppose I could be well out of the loop by now. Are they fetching pretty high prices these days?

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Really? Given its serial number it's only a '77 or '78, which all things considered isn't that old for a vintage Fender, and it's a CBS. Last I heard late 70s Fenders could still be had for a pretty decent price, but I suppose I could be well out of the loop by now. Are they fetching pretty high prices these days?
I checked ebay, some are going for as high as $3k mint. It depends on the finish too, i guess.
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Really? Given its serial number it's only a '77 or '78, which all things considered isn't that old for a vintage Fender, and it's a CBS. Last I heard late 70s Fenders could still be had for a pretty decent price, but I suppose I could be well out of the loop by now. Are they fetching pretty high prices these days?
I haven't tracked them closely, but taking a quick look at ebay all the ones listed are well above $1000... would have definitely been worth the time to clean up properly

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I haven't tracked them closely, but taking a quick look at ebay all the ones listed are well above $1000... would have definitely been worth the time to clean up properly
True, but street price can differ vastly than whats posted on the internet.
Seems those high priced ones also had trems.
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Wow. I'm still living in the internet of five or six years ago when you could get one for under a grand on a good day, I think .

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damn I would have tried to pick that up. Beautiful guitar. I had a Black 79 as my first real guitar I had to part with it for $1300 in worse condition that that in 2008. I definitely would have rocked the shit out of the pisscaster!
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...a 1977 Fender Stratocaster!

I was at his place and he took out a guitar case and told me he found it in the dumpster. He works at a recycling plant and I guess he has access to a bunch of dumpsters . I know for a fact someone didn't purposely throw this out. They must had it stolen or was kicked out of their place and everything was thrown in the garbage.
Once i opened the case, I was greeted by the stench of piss. The guitar was filthy; dirt caked all around the frets. I managed to clean it up a little bit, it's still pretty rough. Anyway, he wants to sell it and split the money.
Did you check with the local police before potentially selling stolen goods?

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Smells like piss? Someone must have stolen Bear Grylls' guitar.
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Did you check with the local police before potentially selling stolen goods?

EDIT: Make that "sold, potentially stolen, goods".
It was in such bad condition I doubt it was stolen. The strings were at the very least a few years old. Who ever had it probably didn't play guitar either.
I should have taken pictures of the fretboard beforehand. I have no idea how this substance accumulated around the frets, but it took me an hour to get it all off!
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