Calstar GF800ML is five inches short and has big oversized guides

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    I've restored many factory rods including Calstars using that exact shade of Gudebrod thread and executing factory wraps. So if you run into any "counterfeits" it may very well be legit.
     
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    ROD BENDO OPINIONS

    Here is the mystery rod loaded up on the doorknob with 8-9lbs drag - any opinions on how the bendo looks will be appreciated

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    ROD BENDO OPINIONS

    Here is Grafighter 700ML 7-foot (20-40) loaded up on the doorknob with 8-9lbs drag

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    Here is Grafighter 700L 8-foot (15-30) loaded up on the doorknob with 8-9lbs drag

    15-20_8-9lbs-bendo.jpg
     
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    '90s Calstar glass 670 (20-50) same test...

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    bend
    a curve, especially a sharp one, or pathshape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle..
     
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    here is a side-by-side pull to compare the bend in a factory GF875H (30-60)

    it appears the heavier 875H has more bend on the same load than the lighter-rated rod

    I think my best to solve the mystery is to take it to Fisherman's landing tackle and Seaforth tackle and compare it to a factory blank...

    mystery clastar pull test.jpg
     
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    AND IN CONCLUSION...

    I stopped by both Seaforth and Fisherman's Landing tackle shop this morning to find a GF 800ML (15-40) to compare - both had 800M blanks but no ML.

    Doug looked at my suspect rod and concluded:
    1. It was a genuine Grafighter blank, he said, the labels are a clue because Calstar labels are controlled, custom rod builders are not allowed to use them.
    2. He added it was indeed a not retail factory production rod, but said it was most likely a Calstar custom order they built for a shop, he said that is common practice for Seeker and Calstar.
    3. He, too, identified my rod as a "marlin caster" for the modifications.
    He also said it was a solid 30-pound rod.
    And that the guides are an upgrade above the Aluminum Oxide normally uses on their retail rods.

    On that, I presume the person who built this special order simply did not sand down the graphite on a special order and that's why it looks more textured than the others I see.
     
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  • Nov 20, 2017
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    Cool!
     
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