Iconic Guitars

Vintage guitars, re-issues and relics found on the web or in stores

Thursday, 24 December 2009

'54 Fender Stratocaster - the Vintage Fender holy grail for $52,000

Iconic Vintage Fender alert!!! A . 1954 is the first year of production of this true icon of music and pop culture that the Strat is.
Fender Stratocaster 1954 Vintage, HeadstockOK. It's not the holy grail of Fender guitars per se - that would be the 1953 prototypes of the Strat' (more on that in a later post). But this '54 guitar is still from a very limited production series and a very desirable addition to any guitar collection. That is, if you're a collector with $52,000 in your pockets!
Fender Stratocaster 1954 Vintage, sunburst bodyFrom the posting, this one seems to have most of the original parts, including the case and is in very good shape. I wouldn't mind seeing this beauty under the Christmas tree tomorrow morning!

The seller would "really want this guitar to go to a player such as Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, David Gilmore." and is asking "Are you out there guys?". Smart. Good luck with that. :)

As for the sound, it probably rocks. I own a Fender Custom Shop 1956 Strat' reissue (an expensive but still affordable guitar) and it is really awesome for blues, rock and funk. To get a flavor of a 50's strat tone, listen to the tune below which I recorded just with that 56 Reissue ("Song #22", one of my songs):

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I am a sucker for beautiful Strats so check out previous posts about Fender Custom Shop reissues and vintage strats like this awesome Fender 69 Mustang in Placid Blue with Stripes.

And of course, eBay has plenty of other vintage Stratocasters.


Eduardo Medeiros said...

Greetings! I'm putting together a replica of the 54 Strat, since there's no way to get a Reissue model at an affordable price here in Brazil due to through the roof taxes to protect national industry or whatever.

The last thing I need to do to finish it up is to choose the correct gauge for the strings. I mean if I passed by Leo Fender's shop in 1954, what gauge the strings on the stratocasters would have?

These "set up" options would be tricky, since you're really free to change as suits your playing, but I believe that when Leo Fender came up with the strat he had in mind that some specs were the ones the strat was meant to be played with (like all 5 springs in the back for instance).

Sorry for the bad english. Thanks.