VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE -
The unique story of a ’63 Fender Strat.
Any collector – be they gatherers of violins, motorcycles, cars or pop memorabilia – dreams of owning a “holy grail.” Maybe it’s a Guarneri, a Cyclone, Ferrari 250 GT, or a Universal Superman lunch box. But in each niche, there are the top prizes.
If you’re collecting fancy happens to involve guitars, there are two types of grail. The most common – the relatively obtainable type – is the classic Gibson Les Paul Standard from the late ‘50s, a Fender “nocaster,” or the pre-World-War-II Martin D-45. The other type – the super-rare – is a guitar played by (and identified with) and icon. Such instruments have an aura all their own – and, usually, names! Say “Woodstock Strat,” “Pearly Gates,” “Blackie,” “#1,” “Nancy,” or “Frankenstrat,” and true guitarheads know exactly which instrument you’re talking about; guitars of legendary status, played on a song, album, during a star’s career apex, or at a monumental concert. And as collectibles go, they occupy sacred ground. Many such guitars still reside comfortably in the possession of the players who made them great. Others, though, have – and continue - to change hands. Read More…