Here at CME, we have the honor and privilege of curating and playing many amazing instruments. Every so often though, something comes along that stops us all in our tracks and leaves us speechless. That's exactly what happened when we first opened up the brown Stone case and laid our eyes on the absolutely stunning top on this incredible Burst that we're ironically calling "scarface". It earned that nickname because a previous owner (who undoubtedly was a Jimmy Page fan) decided to add an onboard fuzz circuit to the underside of the pickguard which was bulky enough that it required the removal of a small portion of the top in order for it to fit. Fortunately, in July of 1988, a very skilled luthier did a tremendous job of reverting the beauty back as close to its original cosmetic condition as possible by placing a piece of maple which matched the surrounding grain very well into where it was once removed. This repair is completely invisible under the pickguard. No photograph really does justice to the figured top of this guitar, although it does look great in the popular book "Beauty of the 'Burst".
Equally as impressive as this guitar's gorgeous looks are its effortless playability, the impressive resonance of the aged woods, and the astounding sound of the PAF pickups through a good tube amp. It's no wonder why this guitar has become the "standard" that so many builders have based their solid body models on. It's also no surprise that this year and model instrument was used by seminal artists on timeless recordings such as "Blues Breakers" with Eric Clapton.
Beautifully flamed maple top on Honduran mahogany body
One piece Honduran mahogany neck with a medium-round profile, 1 11/16� wide nut, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 12� radius, and trapezoid inlays
Kluson Deluxe tuners, two PAF humbuckers (Rated at 8.3k ohms in the neck and 8.5k ohms in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, independent volume and tone controls. (All original. Although all solder joints look original and have aged the same we assume that a couple were touched up at some point because the guitar was played and had on board effects at some point. Original pots, black beauty caps, jack, switch, wiring, and PAF Pickups with unmolested stickers and covers.)
All original except for small area of very old touchup on small headstock wing repair and small area under guard where "Jimmy Page mod" was done by original owner.
This is an absolutely killer "burst" with a gorgeous 3D-like figured maple top that plays and sounds amazing. There is a faint “made in USA� in very small font above the serial number, indicative that this guitar was originally made for international sale. It is lightweight and has a well balanced feel. The finish looks great with only some minor dings and dents, and light scratches, on the top wood. There are some dents and blemishes around the sides but no structural damage to be found. The back of the body also has some average wear for its age including some light buckle rash that has resulted in some small dings and one small chip in the middle of the body. The neck has lost some of it’s gloss near the headstock and heel but the rest of it is mostly clean and glossy with hardly a mark on it. The headstock has some checking lines at the bottom as well as a repaired crack along the treble wing. Beside some minor dings and chips around the edges it looks stunning. This is a truly gorgeous "Burst"!
The strings are low, play incredible, and ring out clearly across the board without buzzing nor fretting out.
Small chip on headstock treble wing was reglued at some point. Guitar had a route under the pickguard with on-board effects at some point which was professionally filled in and capped with a flamed piece of maple that matched the surrounding original maple top very well. The original tuner tips disintegrated and were replaced with high end Uncle Lou tuner tips, however all other nickel components are original. The guitar was professionally refretted with era correct sized wire.
Original Stone Case Company 5-latch brown hardshell case w//pink interior
The D-45 Dreadnought is the flagship model of the Standard Series. It is the most ornate Standard Series instrument, featuring hand inlaid pearl and premium tonewoods. The guitar of choice for legends like Gene Autry and Stephen Stills, it's the perfect guitar for a discerning collector or musician. Nothing says you've arrived like a D-45.
This fantastic example of a 1960 Burst was originally owned by a gentleman from a coal mining town in Pennsylvania who basically only played it in church on Sundays and took excellent care of it. It exhibits the typical appointments that one would expect from a 1960 Les Paul, such as the thinner, faster playing neck profile and the bright red color along the edges of the Burst. Unplugged, the old-growth Honduran mahogany and the gorgeous maple top work in tandem with the single piece mahogany neck and Brazilian rosewood finger board to yield uncompromising and open resonance. When plugged in, the PAF's make it known loud and clear why they are considered to be the souls of these guitars. And it's not just us that are crazy about this guitar, good friends of CME such as Steve Miller, Eric Johnson and Joe Bonamassa have played it and have agreed that this is one hell of an instrument.
Body: Bound maple cap on mahogany back
Neck: Bound mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Two PAF humbuckers, three-way pickup selector switch, independent tone and volume controls, and Kluson deluxe tuners
Cosmetic Condition: The top has some nice horizontal checking. The body in general has some minor dings and scratches, but not much that runs through the finish other than a few spots of wear on the edges. The back has some scratches from buckle rash. The chrome hardware has minimal pitting and still looks great overall. The pickups, pickup rings, and bridge have some very light scratch marks from cleaning. The neck also has some checking as well as a couple of very minor dings in the back. The headstock is in fantastic shape and just has traces of finish wear on the top edge. This rare beauty is simply in incredible shape.
Modifications: The original tuner buttons have dried up and shrunken. They are included but have been replaced with reproduction tuners. One screw is missing from the jack plate. Everything else is entirely original.
Weight: 8lbs 3oz
Case: Original hardshell
Body: Ash (12-53 red pencil mark)
Neck: Maple neck and fretboard with a medium-large profile, 1 5/8� wide nut, 7.25� radius, and dot inlays (’54 pencil mark)
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson-style tuners, two single-coils (Rated at 5.0kOhms in the neck and 5.7k in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch (the top position is capped to make the neck pickup sound similar to a stand-up bass, the middle position selects the neck pickup, the bottom position selects the bridge pickup, if the switch is left between the middle and bottom positions both pickups will be active) , volume and tone controls (All original, the tape in the control cavity says "Mary 2-18-54� .)
Cosmetic Condition: The body of the guitar looks great overall with only some signs of play wear on the guard and some dings and finish wear around the edges. The back has some very light dents from buckle rash but is very clean for the most part. The finish is all original throughout. The previous owner buffed the back of neck to be smooth again and looks slightly darker than everywhere else, but the finish black-lights as original with no overspray or touchups. The neck feels great overall with no major dings and only some slight wear in the lacquer from normal play. The headstock has only some light dings and scratches but looks great all around. This Tele is simply amazing, it’s extremely clean for its age!
Playability: The frets show some wear but the guitar plays well with low action and no buzzing or fretting out across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: Repro bone nut
Weight: 6lbs 11oz
Case: Original Brown “Poodle� hardshell with ashtray bridge cover included
Body: Solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides and added resonator tier on bottom, solid spruce top.
Neck: Mahogany w/ Brazilian Rosewood board and original bar frets, 1 3/4 nut width, with dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Vintage tuners
Cosmetic Condition: This guitar was purchased from Chinery Collection, and is an extremely unique design and very rare Martin made guitar for the William L. Lange Company/Paramount company. The body looks great, there's just some light wear on top from pick wear, as well as various minor scratches here and there all over. The neck has a few very minor dings on the back and is still somewhat glossy. The headstock with its gorgeous inlay on the face just has some light traces of wear around the edges. This unique guitar is in great shape!
Playability: Strings are set low, play evenly, and ring out clear
Modifications/Repairs: All original except for possibly repro nut
Weight: 4lbs 12oz
Case: Hardshell case
Body: Maple cap on mahogany body
Neck: Mahogany neck with a large round profile, 1 11/16� wide nut, rosewood fretboard, 12� radius, and trapezoid inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Electronics all original, Kluson style tuners, two P-90’s (Rated at 8.4kOhms in the neck and 7.5k in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, independent volume and tone controls (pots date to 1955)
Cosmetic Condition: The front of the guitar has some checking lines scattered throughout the finish, as well as some light play wear on the pickguard and a few dings here and there. The checking lines and finish cracks continue throughout the back and sides but both are very clean otherwise. The back of the body has some finish wear along the edges, most notably along the bass side of the upper bout. The neck has some more checking lines and a few chips and wear in the finish but is overall in nice shape for its age. There’s also a descent sized chip in the neck on the bass side of the nut. The headstock has a few chips around the edges and the Gibson logo has gained some checking lines over the years but otherwise it’s in good condition. These all gold Les Paul's are hard to come by these days and this is one of the cleanest ones we've seen!
Playability: The strings are nice and low, play like butter, and ring out clearly across the entire fretboard.
Weight: 8lbs 6oz
Case: Original hardshell
Purchased from Jason Mozersky of Ben Harper's Relentless7. This guitar has been featured in "The Black Guard" book and was previously owned by Redd Volkaert who was Merl Haggard's guitar player.
Body: Ash (stamped “EM 5-28-53� )
Neck: Maple neck and fretboard with a Soft-V profile that tapers to a C-shape towards the body, 1 5/8� wide nut, 7.25� radius, and dot inlays (neck stamp reads "6-5-53� )
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson-style tuners, two single-coils (Rated at 5.9kOhms in the neck and 6.6k in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, volume and tone controls (Original pickups. Wiring is all original except for repro CTS volume pot. The wiring been switched to a modern Tele configuration.)
Cosmetic Condition: The body has a fair amount of play wear, notably a large patch of finish missing on the treble side of the bridge and some elbow wear along the lower bout. There are checking lines throughout the finish as well as minor dings and scratches around the edges and front. The back show signs of buckle rash that has worn through the finish in places as well as more checking lines. Overall, the body is structurally sound and in good shape for its age. The neck shows some definite finish wear and has lost most of it’s original lacquered gloss but otherwise there are only some minor blemishes on it. The fretboard also shows a good amount of play wear, there are only a few spots where the original finish is still intact. However, the frets are newer, look great, and the neck plays fantastically. The headstock has some average wear around the edges and discoloration from age but is free of any cracks or repairs. This Tele is looking great for its age and has plenty of life left in it!
Playability: The strings are low, play great, and ring out clearly across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: The guitar has had a professional refret and new nut. There is an extra strap button hole on the lower bout on the bass side.
Weight: 6lbs 15oz
Case: Non-original Fender hardshell
The Round-Up has been a staple of the Gretsch legacy since its introduction in 1954, which immediately became an American classic due to its tributary adornments of Western culture and lifestyle. Stephen Stern and a team of master craftsmen have taken the iconic Gretsch and relocated it to the swamps of Lousiana for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind, Bayou Roundup.
Stephen explained to us that the inspiration for this guitar began with a custom cow hide version of the Round-Up, which opened the door of possibility. Stern and his team began to research other hides, and landed on the Alligator, which felt as naturally iconic as the Steers of the Southwest.
Every aspect of The Round-Up has been repurposed in the Bayou adaptation, which now pays tribute to the swampy delta from which American music was born, and the powerful Alligators who guard it.
Stephen traveled to New York City to hand select the hide from a tannery (photos included) and assembled a team of artisans to create the Bayou Round-Up. The Belt buckle, now picturing the taming of an Alligator, was illustrated by Sarah Ray of Sarah Ray Art, and forged by Gary's Custom Saddlery in Fullerton, CA. The fingerboard and headstock inlays were designed by Ron Thorn Custom Inlay, and Bill Silverman from El Dorado created the guitar strap and belt which are included.
This exclusive guitar is a perfect example of the imagination of Gretsch's Custom Shop team, and the staying power of an old classic. The Gretsch Bayou Round-Up is a new piece of American history, that can be yours to treasure!
Gretsch Deluxe Hardshell Case included
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Body: Gold top on a mahogany back
Neck: Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Two P-90s, three-way pickup selector switch, independent tone and volume controls, and a trapeze tailpiece
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has checking all over. The body has dings and scratches here and there, especially along the edges. The neck is in great shape and is still fairly glossy. The headstock is in fairly good shape too and just has some light wear along the edges. What a beauty!
Modifications: The tuner holes have been modified to fit Grovers, but it has the original tuners and bushings in it now.
Case: Original hardshell
One of the most popular musical instruments in history, the Fender Stratocaster is certainly one of the most imitated electric guitars ever. Fender's Comfort Contour Body, 3 single-coil pickups andbright, clean, "twangy" sound are standard for the Strat, designed byFender back in 1954. From Buddy Holly and Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan and beyond, the Strat continues to be one of modern music's Holy Grails.
Neck: Maple neck dating to 1964 and rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Three single coils, three-way pickup selector switch, Kluson deluxe tuners, vibrato bridge, and volume and tone controls with potentiometers dating to 1964
Cosmetic Condition: The body has some light checking. There's a few light scratches and dings on the top, some more on the sides, and some buckle rash on the back. The back and sides have some finish wear from use over the years. The back spring cover has three cracked off corners and the pickguard has a crack by the bass-side neck pickup adjustment screw; all of the plastic is still attached firmly to the guitar. The neck has been beautifully worn into a smooth, satin touch. The headstock has very little wear and looks beautiful. This Strat has plenty of character, it's gorgeous!
Modifications: The bone nut and saddle screws have been replaced.
Weight: 7lbs 13oz
Perhaps inspired by the radical spirit of the times as much as by the then-traditional, elegant looks of the LP goldtop, this 1968 ES-355 was ordered as a factory one-off in Gold Sparkle finish. As a unique piece of semi-hollow history, it is a stunning example.
The finish retains its golden hue, with only the slightest hint of greening that sometimes befalls such gold Gibson's as the ES-295 and even the LP goldtop. Underneath the pickguard, there’s one spot of heavy finish wear that goes down to the wood most likely caused by a chemical reaction from the original celluloid pickguard—otherwise, the guitar is very clean, with some moderate finish wear on the back of the neck but only minor wear elsewhere. The chrome hardware is beautifully intact. The neck pickup cover is nickel, but all other parts appear to be original.
The ES-355 was an upmarket development of the popular ES-335, complete with some cosmetic appointments similar to a Les Paul Custom, like five-ply binding around all body and headstock edges, the split-diamond peghead inlay, and block fingerboard inlays. The ES-355 was available with Varitone electronics and a Bigsby that make each example even more unique, but this customer apparently didn’t want these complications—just a very classy-looking tone machine.
Body: Laminate maple. One-off Gold Sparkle finish
Neck: One-piece mahogany neck with 1 9/16" wide nut and ebony fretboard.
Pickups/Hardware: Original chrome-covered patent Gibson humbuckers.
Cosmetic Condition: Clean overall with moderate play wear and one heavy wear spot under the pickguard. This is attributed to the chemical reaction with the old guard.
Modifications: The pickguard and neck pickup cover have been replaced.
Fantastic one-owner, war-time D-18 with scalloped bracing. Has had a professional neck reset along with a refret and repro ebony bridge, saddle and nut. Finish is all original with no signs of overspray. Bridge plate is original maple and has had a small maple reinforcement added. The original owner of the guitar was stationed in Europe during WWII and was then stationed in Hawaii, Guam, and finally the Antarctic, and this guitar travelled with him everywhere until he passed away and handed the incredible instrument down to his son. The guitar is very light weight and has a gorgeous and loud voice with very defined high end and deep bass.
Body: Spruce top with mahogany back and sides
Neck: Mahogany neck with a soft-V profile, 1 11/16� wide nut, rosewood fretboard, 14� radius, and dot inlays
Cosmetic Condition: The body has some heavy play wear and deep checking lines on the front as well as some moderate scratches and dings. The sides have some a good amount of finish wear (notably along the bass side of the lower bout and the top treble side of the upper bout). The back has some heavy checkingn and finish wear along the edges but is structurally sound overall. The neck has a fair amount of scratches and dings in the finish but still plays quite well. The headstock is also a little rough around the edges and has some checking lines throughout it but is in nice shape overall. This Martin D-18 has traveled the world and it shows but it still has a lot of life left in it!
Playability: The strings are set up nicely, play incredibly well, and fret clearly across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: Professional neck reset along with a refret and repro ebony bridge, saddle and nut. The radius is 14". The radius was probably changed from 16" to 14" during the refret. Bridge plate is original maple and has had a small maple reinforcement added.
Weight: 3lbs 13oz
Case: Original hardshell with one broken hinge
Body: Solid Mahogany body, Black finish
Neck: Two mahogany necks with a Rosewood fretboards, dot inlays. Factory second bass neck.
Pickups/Hardware: Two Humbuckers for 6 string guitar, 1 large bass humbucker in neck and 1 bass mini-humbucker in bridge position of the bass.
Setup/Playability: Very unique! A bass and a 6 string guitar in one! They both play and sound amazing!
Cosmetic Condition: Very clean with a few dings. This one has Gibson embossed on the pickup covers.
Modifications: The tuners on the guitar side have been replaced with extra holes left behind. There are extra holes around the pickup areas, probably from having other pickup rings at some point. There are three extra holes and a foot print of a repro bridge underneath the bass bridge, but the current bridge installed is original.
Weight: 11 lbs 2 oz
Case: Original hardshell
Previous owner claimed this was a NAMM special display guitar not intended for sale. It is safe to assume that the marking "NFS� stands for "not for sale". The pencil markings throughout are very much consistent with how Fender marked instruments at the time. The green tag with blue writing on the case matches several other tags for guitars that came from the Chinery collection, so it is very possible that this was once part of that collection.
Body: Lucite (internal pencil markings read "5-61" In bridge pickup cavity, � 9� written in neck pickup cavity, “nfs", "9", "2" in neck pocket)
Neck: Solid maple neck with a medium-round profile, 1 9/16� wide nut, highly figured Brazilian fretboard, 7.25� radius, and dot inlays (marked "5-61" “R� )
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson Deluxe tuners, two single-coils (Rated at 10.8kOhms in the neck and 5.4k in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, volume and tone controls (All original, visible ’60 and ’61 pot dates, inside of pickguard is marked “9� )
Cosmetic Condition: The body looks great, it just has some light scratches on it. The pickguard has some cracks around the input jack. The neck has had its finish worn-in from play and the headstock just shows traces of wear around the edges. This is an incredibly clean Duo Sonic!
Playability: The strings are low and play nicely with only minimal buzz.
Weight: 10lbs 10oz
Case: Original hardshell
Some guitars look cool. Some play and sound great. Then there are the chosen few that truly have it all. With the perfect amount of fading to the original TV Yellow finish and wear in all the right places, this one unquestionably looks cool. A professional refret, lightweight, resonant mahogany and a neck that's been subtly sculpted over the last 50 years makes this guitar a stunning player. And rounding off the package on this triple threat is the "sound" provided by two original P90 pickups that reward the player with an articulate mid-range "honk" and responsive dynamics that make this a Rock player's dream come true. Why can't they all be this good?
Neck: Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Two P-90s and Kluson deluxe tuners
Cosmetic Condition: There is sparse checking all over the guitar. There's a few dings here and there as well as some spots of finish wear, mostly on the edges and back of the neck. The guitar shows some use, but is still in great condition.
Modifications: The holes beneath tuners have been filled, it has been refretted, and the jack plate and switch ring have been replaced.
Weight: 7lbs 5oz
Case: Non-original hardshell
Body: Semi-hollow maple
Neck: Mahogany neck and bound rosewood fretboard with parallelogram inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Two original humbuckers, three-way pickup selector switch, independent tone and volume controls with original potentiometers, varitone switch, and Kluson deluxe tuners
Cosmetic Condition: The body is incredibly clean with just a few light scratches and some extremely light checking here and there. The neck is glossy overall, has just a few light dings, and some finish wear from play along the edges of the fretboard. The headstock has some fine, light checking on the face and minimal wear along the edges. This is one clean 345!
Modifications: The nut and bridge have been replaced. The neck has been refretted.
Weight: 8lbs 9oz
Case: Original hardshell
This guitar was previously owned by Chicago blues artist Jody Williams. There is a shadow of decals on the pick guard showing the way he used to personalize his guitars.
There’s something unmistakably awesome about the TV Yellow Les Paul Special, its color slightly darkened but still perfect, and its fingerboard binding cutting an elegant, simple profile. You can see why it would sit well on TV! Forget black and white—this guitar would look great on HD. It also has nice low action on its low original frets and plenty of evidence of its past, with nicely tarnished hardware, a good 2-inch square of buckle rash on the back, and some very faint checking on the body. It has replaced tuners as well as two small nail holes under the bridge for some piece of hardware that has been removed. With great percussive pickups, this is a great example of what many of us consider one of the coolest, best-looking, and consistently great-playing guitars in the store.
Body: Mahogany slab, single cutaway. Limed "TV yellow" finish. Two small nail holes and 1/4"-long channel beneath bridge.
Neck: Mahogany with bound rosewood fretboard.
Pickups/Hardware: Dual P-9 0s, both moderate output and clear.
Setup/Playability: Low original frets and very low action. Nice for chording especially, or fast bright country-style runs. Has great sustain.
Cosmetic Condition: Moderate buckle rash on back. Nicely browned finish, some dings and dents all over the body. Faint checking on body as well.
Modifications: Replaced tuners with modern Kluson-style.
Weight: 7 lbs 3oz
Neck: One-piece maple neck with a medium-round profile, 1 5/8� wide nut, rosewood fretboard, 7.25� radius, and dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson Deluxe tuners, three single-coils (Rated at 5.6kOhms in the neck, 5.3k in the middle, and 5.7k in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, volume and tone controls, vibrato bridge (arm included in case) (Original All pots date to 1965. All pickups date to 1966, one ground solder joint looks to have been touched up on the middle tone pot.)
Cosmetic Condition: The body looks to be in nice shape for its age with some average scratches and dings from normal wear but no major damage. The finish has some fine checking lines along the top of the body and throughout the headstock, as to be expected with a guitar of this age. The back has a patch of buckle rash that has worn through to the bare wood as well as some other dings and missing finish along the edges. The neck shows some finish wear along the treble edge (and some light finish wear along the bass edge) as well as some small blemishes but is very clean and smooth overall. The headstock has some small dings around the edges and checking lines in the lacquer but is incredibly clean overall. This Strat is simply gorgeous and in great shape for its age!
Playability: The strings are low, play great, and ring out clearly across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: The guitar may have been refretted or the original frets have been worn flat and wide. One ground solder joint looks to have been touched up on the middle tone pot.
Weight: 7lbs 4oz
Case: Original hardshell with tremolo arm, instrument cable, and back plate
Body: Spruce top, rosewood back and sides.
Neck: Mahogany neck and ebony fretboard.
Cosmetic Condition: This guitar has been played, but is still holding up well for its age. Pick wear, small dings and surface scratches are here and there, but it's still solid! The neck is set at it's original angle, but it could benefit from a neck reset, but it is still playable and structurally sound.
Modifications: There are several repairs around the binding. The side cracks on the lower bout have been repaired. One bridge pin has been replaced.
Neck: Mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Two single coil pickups, three-way pickup selector switch, independent volume and tone controls
Cosmetic Condition: For it's age, the body is in fantastic shape. As is expected with guitars this old, there is checking throughout the finish but it gives the guitar a great look. The body itself is very clean, with only some small dings and scratches near the tailpiece and on the cutaway. The sides have a few cracks in the finish but overall the body is structurally sound. The neck also has checking lines throughout but no major dings or scratches, just some moderate wear. The fretboard is clean and gorgeous and the headstock only has some dings along the sides. Overall, this is a fantastic vintage ES-295!
Playability: The strings are at a medium-low height, play like a dream, and fret clearly across the board.
Modifications: The pick guard has been replaced with a Gibson guard of the same era that was meant for 3-Pickup guitar. The Kluson tuners have been replaced with nickel as opposed to the original gold hardware. It seems the original owner was not fond of the gold hardware and may have rubbed most of it off. You can see remnants of it in the harder to reach areas of the guitar, such as the tuner grommets and the feet of the tailpiece. All electronics are original.
Weight: 6lbs 6oz
Case: Original hardshell
You've heard the legend of the "Rhinestone Stratocaster", here's your chance to own one!! This baby's the real deal: part art, part blues machine, and part collectors dream...
In 1975, sculptor Jon Douglas felt that most guitars looked "boring", and Ivor Arbiter, the UK distributor of Fender invited him to do better. Douglas came up with a Stratocaster body made from cold-cast bronze, employing a metallic layer over a fiberglass shell. A prototype was made, followed by 6 more models. Arbiter suggested setting rhinestones into the body's surface, and the "Rhinestone Strat" was born. The small batch of Strats were put on sale at the Fender Soundhouse store in London in 1975, but unfortunately a fire destroyed the premises soon afterward. Two were sold prior to the fire, but the other four perished in the flames. In the early 1990's Douglas made molds for a future run of a planned 50. There is a plaque set into the molding on the rear of the body, numbered x out of 50, this being #13. Douglas passed away, though, after only completing 25, making this "Rhinestone Stratocaster" a rare bird indeed! Some of the 25 guitars used actual parts from the 70's, some used modern components, this one is all 70's. A true legend. A true work of art. A rare piece of history!
Body: Cold-cast bronze, employing a metallic layer over a fiberglass shell with rhinestones set in the body
Neck: Maple neck with 1 5/8" wide nut and rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Three single coils dating to 1975, five-way pickup selector switch, one volume and two tone controls with 1975 potentiometers, vibrato bridge and Fender tuners
Cosmetic Condition: The body is in great shape, the fretboard just has a few small cracks in it, but it's still sturdy. One The neck is still pretty glossy and clean. The headstock is immaculate. This unique Strat looks incredible!
Modifications: The pickguard has been replaced
Weight: 7lbs 4oz
Case: Original hardshell
Body: Spruce top, rosewood back and sides.
Neck: Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with diamond inlays.
Cosmetic Condition: This guitar shows signs of its age, with pick wear and buckle wear on the body, as well as some blemishes on the back of the neck, but is still in great playing order.
Modifications: The entire guitar has been oversprayed with clearcoat. The neck has been reset. The bridge and nut have been replaced. A crack on the top and some more on the back and sides have been repaired.
This is a guitar that seems to play exceptionally well. It responds very well to bends with its wide original frets and has tons of sustain. Although the single-band Kluson tuners have been off the guitar, they’re back on now, and all the rest of the hardware is original. This one hasn’t been played much, and for those looking for an exceptionally clean Junior, this is probably the one. However, with its great fat neck and smooth action, it’s definitely one for the player as well, its brownish cherry finish giving it a classic look and character.
Body : Slab double-cutaway mahogany body with brownish cherry finish.
Neck : Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and dot inlays. Wide, quite round profile.
Pickups/Hardware : One bridge P-90. Volume and tone controls (tone pot dates to 1959, volume pot does not have a visible date)Single-band Kluson tuners.
Setup/Playability : Very smooth action with wide, medium-high original frets. Great for bending, excellent sustain.
Cosmetic Condition : Evidence of tuners off, with some finish wear. Very minor player wear elsewhere, with a few dings and dents.
Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz