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1.     1993 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Sunburst, (front1), (front2), (back), (headstock), (case). True time capsule condition with this fantastic playing Strat Plus. I would guess this guitar has been used only a dozen or two times. One of the first signs of wear on these guitars is Lace Sensor lettering wearing off - these are like new (shown here). In addition, there are barely any scratches on the pickguard, less than you'll see on "brand new" guitars at a chain store. The body and neck have no scratches and the hardware is clean. The only real flaw is a small stain at the base of the headstock (pic), that we believe was done at the factory or is a natural stain in the wood. The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard series, replaced by the American Series, with the American Deluxe assuming the role of the higher-end production model. When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware. It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups - and no magnetic string pull to kill the sustain of the strings. The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models and both player toured with their stock pickups for many years. I'm a big fan of these Laces as they're the best I've found for zero hum while retaining that vintage Strat tone. The Plus also features precision locking tuners, Tremsetter, and LSR nut, all enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. This "Tremsetter" by Hipshot is attached to the tremolo block inside the tremolo cavity (pic). It adds tuning stability by returning the trem to the "zero" position when not in use. You can play right-hand bridge harmonics, aggressive rhythm, palm mute the strings, or do bends without the other strings going out of tune and the bridge stays put. Predictably, these early silver-logo American Standards would be the next Fender to escalate on the vintage market and they've been on a consistent upswing for the past few years. At $1299(HOLD-Jon H) it's $100's cheaper than a new American Deluxe Strat, which puts in in the price range of working musicians - but for collectors looking for the cleanest examples available, this one will be 20 years old next year and is a definite keeper. Includes an equally clean "Plus" case with luggage latches, as well as guitar manual and spec book, tremsettermanual, and LSR nut manual, Fender strap, hang tags, warranty booklet, all wrenches, trem arm, and Schaller strap locks.

2.     2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Custom HH Model, (front), (headstock), (back), (Pickups/controls), (bridge), (case). The "New American Standard" with some cool custom features, geared to the rock player. Originally a SSS pickup configuration, the original owner took advantage of the factory H/S/H routing and switched it over to an HH, and the controls to bridge volume, neck volume, and master tone. Pickups are the JB in the bridge, with a '59 in the neck, a great combination. They are mounted on a Fender 3-ply black pickguard with black knobs. The overall look is one killer looking guitar in my humble opinion. All other specs are stock: alder body with gloss finish, maple neck with Modern "C" Shape (Gloss Headstock Face with Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck), 9.5 Radius, 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, 1.685 nut, Fender Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines, 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles, New Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots, Copper Infused High Mass 100% Metal Bridge Block, Rolled Fretboard Edges and H/S/H Pickup routing. This guitar is in beautiful condition with no fret wear, an absolutely killer setup, and a killer rock tone. If you're a Strat fan looking for something that rocks harder than a stock model, this beauty is for you. $850(HOLD-Alex B 5/5) includes the new Fender/SKB case with ATA latches.

3.     2005 Fender Deluxe Power Stratocaster with Fishman Bridge, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge). As new - virtually unplayed. Very versatile model at the top of the Deluxe Series line of Fenders. The Deluxe Power Strat is an HSS model so it features a bridge humbucker, plus a Fishman Power Bridge which has 6 Piezos, one built into each of the saddles. The result is a Strat that's capable of brighter and fatter humbucker tones, while retaining nearly all the traditional Strat sounds, plus a guitar that can double as an acoustic in stage situations. It features a volume and tone control for the 3 pickups - plus a separate volume control for the Fishman, so you can easily select the magnetic pickups, Piezo pickup, or blend the two in any combination, such as neck+middle pickup with Piezo, etc. Other features include: transparent Butterscotch Blonde alder body, maple neck with rosewood board, Tex Mex Humbucker, two Tex Mex single coils, modern C-shaped neck with 9.5" radius, gloss finish body, satin finish neck, no-load tone control, synthetic bone nut, Fender vintage tuners, easy access 9V battery compartment on back, and 4-ply tortoise shell pickguard. Here's a YouTube demo (link) , just forward to around the 4:00 min. mark to hear it in action. This guitar is dead mint and appears unplayed, with plastic still on pickguard and back plate. It has an excellent setup and a quality tone on all pickup combinations. Sells new for $999 but this one's "as new" for just $750(HOLD-Richard C 12/12). Includes Fender Deluxe gigbag and trem arm.

4.     1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (Custom '54's). Excellent playing Strat with some upgrades to enhance tone and playability. A pair of custom shop Custom '54 pickups have been installed, along with an orange drop cap, and changed to vintage wiring with a tone pot in place of the TBX. Nut has been changed to a Graphtec graphite nut, which reduces friction and helps maintain tuning stability. Lastly, the back of the neck has been sanded down, with the poly finish removed. It feels much faster this way and most players seem to prefer the feel of natural wood. This guitar hasn't been played to death and looks very presentable from the front, but at one time it did have a careless owner thus there are finish chips around the edge down to the white undercoat (as shown here). These '54's are used in many Custom Shop guitars, primarily because they sound excellent and have more of a vintage bell tone--and more quack--than the stock pickups. If you're a player looking for bang for the buck and not concerned with some finish chips the audience can't even see, this one feels great, sounds great, and is set up to perfection. A good value for the player at $729(HOLD-Keith Z 8/2). Includes hardshell case and trem arm.

5.     Fender Custom Shop 50th Anniversary Stratocaster Relic...TRIO! (click to enlarge pics) Choice of a 1956, 1960, or 1965 (cert's) never retailed, unplayed, including unopened accessory bags and, of course, era-correct cases. All are "all gold" models with a Aztec Gold (nitro lacquer) and gold hardware, with light to medium relicing including checked finish and aged hardware with misc finish chips here and there, with the '65 receiving more relic wear than the other two. I confirmed with Fender that only 100 of each piece - WORLDWIDE - was produced, which makes this a very rare guitar for an Anniversary model. These listed at $4677-$4690 with discount pricing to $3500. One of these could easily be the centerpiece in many Anniversary model collections, to go along with your 25th, 35th, various 40th's, and production model 50th's. Only one remaining is the 1956 Stratocaster Relic 50th Anniversary, (headstock/neck), (sample of relic wear), (case & accessories). Features include Aztec Gold finish with gold hardware, gold anodized pickguard, V-shaped neck, finish checking and misc dings as well as fretboard "wear", aged hardware, and 50th Anniversary neckplate. Nice lightweight Strat at 7.8 lbs. Unplayed condition with Tweed case, opened accessory bag, and COA. Store priced at $3500 (would be higher with the new '09 price list), but this one's never retailed and perfect, and just $2799

6.     2007 Fender Classic Player 50's Stratocaster - 2 Tone Sunburst, (front/back), (headstock), (info tag), (gigbag/acc.). (Whoever inquired last week, I just found the last one of these). Never retailed - not a scratch. This guitar was designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka and features a blend of the old and the new, something Fender has been featuring throughout much of their line the past 2 years, and like the Baja Tele I posted yesterday, this whole series uses top quality pickups, electronics, and hardware, at a price that's around 1/2 of an American Vintage series. In my opinion, these guitars are 90% as good - at 50% of the price, i.e. an excellent value for your money. Features include a very thin poly gloss finish over 2-tone sunburst, alder body, maple "C" shape neck with modern 9.5" radius maple fingerboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, 3 USA Vintage '57/'62 pickups, 5 way pickup selector, chrome hardware with Gotoh vintage style locking tuning machines, custom 2 point vintage style tremolo bridge, Custom Shop designed neck plate and aged plastic parts. When Fender lowered their prices on most of their guitars this one dropped from $1109 to $799 which made it a very sweet deal. Sweeter still is this dead mint beauty priced at just $679 - and set-up better than factory specs.Includes Fender deluxe gigbag, tags, and sealed acc. bag.

Some Fender Squier Guitars and Basses

        Fender Squier Affinity Bronco Bass - Black, (front), (headstock), (back). Cool little short-scale bass that's perfect for the players who are small in stature, or any guitarist transitioning to bass. If you've never played a 30" scale, which is around 4" shorter than most full scale basses, you're in for a treat, especially on a bass that weighs under 6 lbs. For beginner players, or players transitioning from guitar to bass, they're much easier to learn on, and even experienced players appreciate them because they're just plain fun to play. The current model Bronco has specs very similar to the old Musicmaster bass so we've "turned these into" Musicmasters (as shown here). You have to admit, it definitely has the vibe of a 60s/70s Fender. In doing this, the old logo is painstakingly removed and then the entire headstock is clear coated in nitro finish. After the vintage logo is installed it receives multiple coats of nitro, with wet-sanding in between coats, until the outline of the logo is invisible. When finished, it looks totally factory. Like all in this section this one is set up to perfection - and highly recommended for anyone who wants a short scale that's a breeze to play. With a list price of $250, these are an excellent value on an imminently playable bass, for just $115. (more for the logo job when available).


1.     1978 Fender Telecaster - Black w/Rosewood Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck/pocket markings), (case). You want vintage vibe, you've got it. This guitar has the mojo everyone looks for in a vintage Tele and one or two stories to tell. The good news - it's original finish with no humbucker routes or other major modifications to the body. The bad news - someone reshaped the ball of the headstock slightly (shown here). Why? Anybody's guess. The good news is it's barely noticeable and doesn't affect the integrity of the guitar in the least. The only modifications - the control cavity has been professionally deepened slightly on one side (shown here), probably to allow a 9V battery at some time in the past, and the output jack has been changed from the "cup" style to a flat LP style. Pickups are USA Vintage '52 with cloth wires and original vintage design, with plenty of Tele quack and a spanky twang that makes you want to pick it up whenever you hear a new Brad Paisley lick. Frets have been freshly dressed so there aren't any dishes in the frets. It is set up with low action and plays nicely for chord work, although it frets out in a few spots on string bends. If preferred, we can raise it to medium action for clear bends. The body has a typical aged patina which can be buffed out to a high gloss if desired, but we generally only do that upon request on vintage instruments. This is the era with the thick clear coat under the finish, with a thin painted coat, so it's worn through around the edge a bit, primarily where the forearm comes over the top. It's typical weight for the era, i.e. not light. If you don't want to $2500 for a 100% example, here's one with original finish, a cool vibe, at 1/2 the cost; just $1250. Includes Fender tweed case.