Dating fender stratocaster guitar
This guitar was used briefly by Gary during his tenure with Skid Row until 1971.
The Strat was first introduced in 1954, just a few years after Fender debuted the Telecaster, which is widely considered to be the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar.Today, however, Fender markets an unprecedented variety of Stratocasters, ranging from the pint-sized Squier Mini Strat, with 22.75” scale neck and hardtail bridge, to pre-modded axes equipped with dual-coil humbucker pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo systems.There are cutting-edge axes like the Roland G-5 Strat, equipped with Roland’s COSM modeling technology for an arsenal of Strat, Tele, acoustic and 12-string tones, as well as a bevy of alternate tunings at your fingertips; electrified old-timey innovations like the solidbody Mando-Strat electric mandolin; a dazzling array of Custom Shop beauties with never-before seen finishes and design flourishes; and Artist Series signature guitars modified to the exact specs of Strat masters like Eric Clapton, Ritchie Blackmore, and Dick Dale.However you play it, the Strat has been an integral part of the music scene for over sixty years, and it’s more popular now than ever. We're always adding musical instruments that can ship internationally. The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it's upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups.We're always adding musical instruments that can ship internationally.
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And the Custom shop Heavy Relic guitars, like the 1961 Stratocaster Burnt Heavy Relic, are radically pre-aged to look like they’ve been rode hard and hung up wet every night for years, but they play like a dream and sound even better, with state-of-the-art pickups, hardware and electronics.
If you’re the type who likes to hot-rod your own rides, however, or you’re just looking to replace some sweat-pitted hardware, Fender offers everything you could need, from headstock to hardtail bridge, including replacement jack plates and pickup selector switches, extra-groovy pickguards and pickup covers, whammy bars or entire tremolo systems, and even replacement necks, bodies and vintage-style replacement pickups, as well as souped-up single coils and humbuckers from top-notch aftermarket winders like Di Marzio, Seymour Duncan, and Joe Barden.
WD offers many more Strat pickguards than shown here.
WD also manufactures Strat guards designed to accommodate full size lipstick and Burns Tri-sonic pick ups.
The finish on the body look amateur-ish red sunburst refinish, since the red seems to fade much closer to the center than on factory models.