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Monterey Tribute Strat Project Reproduction



Here's a thoroughly interesting eBay listing by 100% rated seller: inthecrossfire

In the sea of project Strat listings, we're seeing more project tribute models these days, built by and for folks who don't wanna pay five figures for Fender's limited run Guitar Center extravaganzas. Although the collectible value of personal project guitars is negligible, some are very well conceived player affordable guitars with a hefty side of mojo. But be wary of the Squier makeovers too!

This particular Monterey tribute project Strat appears to have all the right elements and painstaking care into doing it right.

The following listing description is L-E-N-G-T-H-Y, but a good build overview with interesting details about what goes into this type of project build:

(Be sure to also read the final paragraph in RED)

"CUSTOM BUILT HENDRIX MONTERY STRAT TRIBUTE GUITAR. LIKE NEW 2000 FENDER USA VINTAGE 62 REISSUE ROSEWOOD NECK IN MINT CONDITION WITH A CUSTOM PAINTED FIESTA RED LICENSED FENDER STRAT BODY PAINTED BY FORMER FENDER CUSTOM SHOP ARTIST RAY CRAIG. COMPLETE MONTEREY STRAT DESIGN FINISHED IN FACTORY HIGH FACTORY QUALITY GLOSS FINISH WITH FENDER G&G VINTAGE TWEED CASE. INCLUDES FENDER CUSTOM SHOP 69 STAT PICKUPS CREATED, DATED AND INITIALED BY ABIGAIL YBARRA FROM THE FENDER CUSTOM SHOP.

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You are bidding on my last custom Strat project and also the longest project that I have worked on to date. This project was a collaboration between myself and former Fender Custom Shop Artist Ray Craig. The guitar is virtually brand new and comes with a Fender G&G hard shell case. Read on for the details.

THE PROJECT:

I have been jonesing for a Hendrix Monterey Strat for some time. Of course the real deal is real expensive and they are far and few in between to find for purchase. I have looked on eBay to research what is out there and you can come across any number of home painted Monterey themed Strats in varying levels of quality and configuration. Many are rebadged Squire Strats and Mexican built Strats. I can understand the basis as the Hendrix Monterey Strat was really a clever and unique design before Jimi burned it at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 18th 1967. Jimi played on the third and final day of that historic festival. He hit the stage prior to the WHO who were scheduled to play after Jimi that day. Peter Townsend was known to have said, "We came on after him, and all I could do was just stand there and strum."

Jimi Hendrix was 24 at the time. The actual guitar that he painted and subsequently burned that evening was a 65 Strat in Fiesta Red. Prior to the concert Jimi hand painted the body with white spray paint and fingernail polish. The actual guitar paint work was actually very crudely done with overspray from the white paint on the hardware and no finish work after he hand painted the intricate, and now famous design. No color photographs of the complete guitar were ever taken. The only recorded history of the guitar is from the video footage of Jimi playing the guitar and subsequently burning the guitar in sacrifice with lighter fluid and matches. Fender released a tribute version of the Monterey Strat which was painted by artist Pamelina H. Her design differs slightly from the original Hendrix artwork and Fender added the backstage pass sticker to the body which was not found on the original. The pass features a photo of Hendrix burning the guitar by Ed Caraeff. Fender announced the guitr in July of 1996 but was finally made available in 1997. It originally had a MSRP of $6999.00. (where was I then !!!) An original Monterey Strat recently sold on eBay for the bargain price of $15,000.00 within the past 90 days.

Interestingly this guitar has become synonymous with John Mayer. A great guitar player in his own right it’s interesting that he now gets billed with Hendrix on this very unique and very Hendrix guitar. But so goes the world of Pop today. Actually I have seen Kenny Wayne Shepard play one of these and he just smokes with this thing. If you like Hendrix, SRV, then as much as John Mayer can wrangle some mojo from a Strat, KWS will make the hair on your neck stand up and bring tears to your eyes. (If you’re a guitar Blues geek like me)

So enough of the history. I wanted a Monterey Strat but I wanted a USA build as most of my other custom projects are. I wanted to be historically correct but also needed to do that within the confines of reasonable price and playability. Parts had to be USA and they had to be correct. I see virtually every other Monterey on eBay with a modern neck where the truss rod adjustment is at the headstock. The 65 had the truss rod adjustment at the body end of the neck. Further I didn’t want a Squire body, neck or parts. As much as there are some really nice 60’s reissue Mexi necks out there, I still wanted the project to be all USA. The body, the custom paint and the finish coats all dictated that once you cross that threshold of cost by doing the body correct, then you have to finish the rest correctly. If I were to buy it, then I would want one this way. They key though was to get the body painted in such a way so as to look like it came from the Fender Factory. I like all that authenticism stuff, but overall I like the design and I want the design to be sealed under enough clear coat so you can’t feel the painted design with your fingertips. I met Ray online and we developed an understanding of how we wanted to design the paintwork. The Pamelina design is not historically accurate nor was it meant to be. We used stills from the video to come up with as close a design as we could. From there the only hard part would be to decide how the rest of the guitar parts would come together. I was fortunate enough to find a like new Fender USA Vintage 62 Re-issue Stratocaster for the neck. Everything else was authentic Fender parts purchased new Follow the details below for specifics.

THE BODY:

The body is an ALL-Parts Fender Licensed Fiesta Red Alder replacement body. It made better sense to start with the Fiesta Red as that color is much harder to replicate when painting from scratch. Plus that’s what Jimi started with. The body was purchased brand new and the gloss finish was completely removed to prep it for the design. The Alder body is a S/S/S correct route. In putting this together I felt it was also important that this guitar also be a good player. I copper shielded the completed pickup and pot cavities as evidenced in the photos to assist with noise control. I also purchased a correct 11 hole white pickguard that was used while the Monterey design was being hand applied to the body. The finished pickguard was also clear coated with the body and as I mentioned was finished to a mirror gloss so smooth that you cannot feel the painted design below. You can see the design is the correct colors and while it’s very difficult to get a perfectly accurate rendition, we also didn’t want to attempt to fool anyone or dupe them into believing this was a Pamelina painted Fender Tribute guitar. The guitar is a USA model and the serial number will evidence this. The rear tremolo cover received a Monterey Strat replica cover similar to the one on the Tribute. This is not historically accurate either, but it was way too cool to not put it on there. The paintwork on this body is outstanding. I will make another one for myself that I will keep, it’s that nice.

THE NECK:

Since I used the 62 Reissue Vintage Strat as my donor for this project, the neck was pretty historically accurate in that it’s a heel mounted truss rod adjustment with the correct Fender Headstock logo. The serial number is located on the chrome neck plate. The neck itself is like new and looks like it has never been played, other than by me to hear the guitar after I purchased it. It’s a Maple C shape with a Rosewood fingerboard. The neck is painted in vintage Nitrocellulose Lacquer satin finish. It’s 25.5 scale with a 9.5” radius. It has 21 medium jumbo frets. Width at the nut is 1.650” with white dot position inlays. I completely redressed the frets to get them nice and smooth and then polished each one by hand until they looked like chrome. I then cleaned the Rosewood and finished it with three coats of Lemon oil and then buffed it to a nice satin shine. I ran the back of the neck lightly with the light compound side of the buffing wheel to make it smoother to the touch. The tuners are Fender Vintage style chrome. This is a really nice 1962 reissue neck.

THE ELECTRONICS:

For this Monterey Strat project I elected to use the Fender USA Custom Shop 60 Strat pickups. These were modeled after Jimi Hendrix's 69 Strat which I had a sense that he probably had similar hot wound pickups on the guitar he used in 65. For a short period in the late 60's, Fender® used a height staggered Alnico 5's and a special grey bobbin which produced clear, transparent highs and thumping lows. Each pickup is created, dated, and initialed by Abigail Ybarra who has been winding pickups for Fender since the late 50's. It just seemed to make perfect sense to use Hendrix single coil Custom Shop pups on this project. Plus being signed by Abigail adds a level of coolness to the electronics.

I set up the electronics with all Fender parts using the 69 Strat wiring diagram. I used 250K pots and a 5 way switch. I used this set up for its great sound and also wired it with the correct cloth wiring. It has a standard 5 way blade switch with a master volume and two tone knobs. The pickguard also has a section of aluminum shielding over the pots. I also used correct bright white pickup covers, white knobs, white trem bar tip and a 5 way switch tip. I didn’t use any fancy wiring on this project because, well, it wouldn’t be right for this job. In reality the real Monterey probably had a 3 way blade switch but may have been modified as they were in those days to stop in between positions thus making it similar to the 5 ways that we all know and love today. The 5 way stays because it makes the guitar more functional and familiar to a player today.

THE HARDWARE:

The bridge on this guitar is a New Fender American Vintage Synchronized trem in chrome and a chrome input jack. I have included the box and the part number section in the hard shell case. Strings are Fender Nickel Wound .09's

THE CASE:

The case is a Deluxe Vintage Tweed G&G Hardshell case with plush Orange Interior.

In conclusion, what you are bidding on is a great example of a Monterey Tribute Strat built with care and with concern over the correct parts used. I have built and sold many custom Strats here on eBay and you can read my feedback to see how my projects are received. I’m a guitar collector and amateur player who builds these custom Strats because I love seeing the designs and the process come together with a unique outcome.

International Buyers are welcome but you must contact me to be approved and to receive a price for shipping. Note that some locations cannot accept the size of a guitar case. I cannot quote a customs value other than what the guitar will sell for since I fully insure every guitar I ship.

Feel free to email me with any questions. Serious Bidders only. BID WITH CONFIDENCE, SEE MY 100% POSITIVE FEEDBACK. To make it easier Shipping will be FREE shipped insured sent via FEDEX/UPS/USPS ground and securely packaged to the 48 state US normal delivery. I will accept cash locally or Pay Pal. Need to hear from the winner within 24 hours of auction closing and payment within 3 days. GOOD LUCK !

I AM SORRY TO ALL THE FAIR AND HONEST EBAYERS OUT THERE AND I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD HAVE TO ADD THIS TO ANY OF MY AUCTIONS, BUT HERE GOES. ALL SCAMMERS PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE. I WILL NOT ACCEPT A FAKE CHECK THEN SHIP OUTSIDE THE US AND SEND YOUR AGENT THE OVERAGE, I DON'T CARE IF YOU HAVE A LONG LOST NEPHEW WHO REALLY WANTS THIS ITEM. I DON'T WISH TO HELP YOU EXPORT THE LOST ESTATE OF YOUR RECENTLY DECEASED UNCLE WHO LEFT YOU A BOATLOAD OF CASH AND I AM THE ONLY PERSON IN THE US WHO CAN CASH THE CHECK. I HAVE BLOCKED ANY BIDDERS OUTSIDE MY SHIPPING AREA. LESS THAN ZERO FEEDBACK BIDDERS PLEASE DO NOT BID AS THEY WILL BE REJECTED AS WELL."


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