1979 Fender strat antigua hardtail (maple neck)

Could anyone tell me the value of my original 1979 fender strat hardtail (antigua finish) .
I'm told they are now collectable and that Fender are making re-issue models ?
It is in excellent condition and unplayed since 1985.

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Red mist, sounds good enough to drink to me :) . Interesting about the exposure to pubsmoke etc. Fender's Olympic White certainly looks a bit "have you brushed your teeth?" after a while, but I quite like that patina.

I know A1; although I know the smaller sister in nearby Preston better. Shortly before it changed to "Academy of Sound", a woman from the M/C A1 was assigned to the Preston branch. Don't know her name, but she was a right tough cookie; major battles to get any discounts (again, I prefer it when it's a proper haggle). I wonder if M/C A1 was usually like that? And is it still A1 or something else now?

The varying colours of the Antigua finish over the years is not, in the main, a fading thing.

The originals were a short of cream to brown "sunburst". The 1979 reissues were more grey than brown - I always though it looked "mushroom-like" - and 2004's Antiguas were more cream to olive green.

I've no idea why Fender change the Antigua colour with each re-issue, but that's the way it is.

Ah, thanks for the info. FWIW, the original "bronchial asthma" is the finish I like least, but that's just my op. And I've bought some right butt-uglies myself, anyway, so I'm hardly an art critic.

No accounting for taste, in my eyes sparkykink still has one of the naffest looking guitars ever to grace to the Fender logo, but i suppose some like it otherwise they wouldnt have brought out the reissue.

lee_UK wrote:
No accounting for taste, in my eyes sparkykink still has one of the naffest looking guitars ever to grace to the Fender logo, but i suppose some like it otherwise they wouldnt have brought out the reissue.

I really like it.

The great Antigua debate rumbles on eh ? (careful Lee, you may have a phobia developing there mate ) !

RE:- A1 Manchester.
Happy memories only really.
True enough, Anne & Graham were quite pennywise but I always found them really helpful if you had stuff in for repair & needed to borrow anything for gigging etc.
The staff were always ok , considering being forced to endure listening to the intro's of all those songs of the day over & over again (brown sugar, allright now, smoke on the water etc ) played almost in tune !

Of the more up-market stores ( for grown-ups), I always found Harker & Howarth of Bolton pretty good . Don't know any shops in Preston though.

:) , I think it might have been Anne. I didn't mind her trying it on; she was a vast improvement on the lanky-haired burks employed at Preston's A1. I could write a whole, almost-humorous thread on those types paid to widdle all day and sell nothing (found in every store worldwide).

Sparky, you must mention the opening bars to "Stairway" - or am I showing my age? I shoot those types on site (EDIT: or even "on sight" - pun not intended). Still, I reckon the store assistant is worse. The type that snatches a guitar off you and "shows you what it can do" :evil:

Hi fellas,
Hope you're all OK
Just an update on the old A1 store in Manchester.
It's now a small music venue called Sound Control, you know the usual decor (everything sprayed black), overpriced and watered down beer.

Ps. I've still got the antigua strat.

Cheers,
Dave

RIP A1, I used to go there just to ogle as a kid :(

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