I had this guitar for almost exactly ten years, and the first time this guitar was on record was on Continuum record. Photo showing some of the details on the guitar, including 12th fret dot spacing, and pickguard screw placement. One of the members of the John Mayer Yuku forums thanks Alejandro pointed out that John answered a question regarding this guitar on the forums.
I have been after this guitar for over 30 years. I first met the owner of this guitar in a club in Richmond Virginia. A friend had suggested that I check out a local Blues band and I was happy to discover that the guitarist was playing this guitar through a black face Deluxe Reverb.
Often copied but never equalled, the Fender Stratocaster is the most popular guitar design ever produced. The Stratocaster was first introduced inand revolutionised the music scene with its asymmetrical double cutaway body, contoured body, three single-coiled pickups and tremolo bridge. Over the years the Stratocaster has gone through many changes to what was first available in
This is a great L Series Strat from in classic three colour sunburst. It shapes up in every way — absolutely gorgeous to behold, and beautiful to play. This is not a trophy piece to admire from a distance. This one has certainly been played, and played for decades by a famous figure in in the history of Aussie pop rock.
Well, here's a situation that comes up more and more. This lovely Strat has 2 very desirable features: it's painted in the custom Fiesta Red color and it has the non-vibrato, hardtail tailpiece. As much as I like the sound you can get with a whammy bar, I don't use it often and I find it a pain in the butt to maintain them.
Sometimes we get in a vintage Fender Strat whose story is so completely straight forward that there is no disagreement among experts and no controversy. At other times an older Fender arrives that has some original features and some that are less than original. In the case of this there are those who feel that the finish is wholly original and others who say differently. It is, however, priced as though it is a refinished instrument which makes it quite a bargain.
Collectibility Rating: B- Production: no official or unofficial production numbers available. General Comments: The Fender Stratocaster guitar is probably the most popular solidbody electric guitar ever made. Originality and condition are the two most important features of a vintage Fender Stratocaster guitar, and Fender Strats do seem to have been easily modified due to their "bolt together" nature.
You read the story of this particular guitar on p45, but the short version is that since rolling out of the Fender factory in Fullerton inthis Olympic White Strat has had just two owners — it took early retirement in and has remained with the same family ever since. We notice a hardened drop of something that has run down the side of the neck on the treble side of the neck pocket area and on close examination we think that the fingerboard has been varnished at some point. There are some minor divots in the usual playing areas, which is quite commonly seen on vintage guitars.