Vintage Fender Strats, Custom Shop & Boutique S-types, Guitar Parts, Auctions & Sales!

Sunday

Kellett Aluminum Strat Guitars

1993 Fender Aluminum Body Overrun







Occasionally we come across an interesting utilization of those extra Fender, Harley-Davidson 90th Anniversary bodies from 1993. The bodies are hollow, high polished aluminum. And thanks to eBay, I ran into these Peter Kellett customs in a most unlikely place. There are two guitars above, both in mint condition, and listed by Compton, CA based Stores Seller: electro-mavin who mainly sell hi-tech industrial test equipment that I can't even understand. 

Maybe Kellett's day job.

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IBP-YAG-30 Industrial Laser Beam Profiler w/ Software - They also have these, should you just happen to need one.
www.kellettguitars.com offers a bit more insight and plenty of gallery for the various one-off graphics on these guitars. The bottom pictured model features Novax fanned frets. Both eBay listed models come with nice cases. But you'll need to contact Kellett through his site for details on pickups, neck parameters and other specs.



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Saturday

Buddy Holly Tribute Strat


Masterbuilt Relic - #45 of 50 Produced



Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka

I'm assuming this one is #45 of the run because the last two numerals of the S/N are 45. The Buddy Holly Tribute Stratocaster is a Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Relic based on one of Holly's 1955 Strats. Although the Fender CS profile (Click Here) states that both of Buddy's 55's were stolen, they go on to say these tributes were "painstakingly reproduced from photographs..." Just think that those original 2 guitars are somewhere in the possession of people who may or may not even know, depending upon how they've changed hands over the decades... Geez! 

Willcutt Guitars of Lexington, KY is currently listing #45. The Buddy Holly Tribute Strats come with several bonus case candy options including a cert signed by Holly's widow Maria Elena Holly as well as a DVD interview with her, plus a 2 disc set of Buddy Holly's gold record hits. 




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Guitar Gear Haulers Features

What Goes Better Together than Guitars & Cars?

1959 Edsel Villager Wagon - Two-tone B&W with Red/White Interior
If you could arrive at the gig in anything, what might it be?

This series features street vibes for musicians beyond the standard van transpo. Many style cues and finishes of the standard icon classic guitars originate from vintage cars. Below is a growing archive of wheels that caught our attention.

GUITAR GEAR HAULERS!

#1 - '54 Ford Coupe "RAT"

#2 - 1970 Mustang Mach I Custom

#3 - Tom Petty's Jaguar XJS

Got a cool gear hauler? Let us know & post a pic at our Facebook page!



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Guitar Gear Haulers #2 - 1970 Mustang Mach I Custom







Maybe only the guitar and a head or small combo are getttin' hauled in this. But so what! Making the gig on time & in style is always top priority. Otherwise, practicality is just overrated. 

collectorcarswanted based in Scottsdale, AZ is listing this one. Ya just can't help but marvel at the detail, flair & presentation of hi-end car listings compared with guitar auctions. And if this doesn't do it for ya, this seller also has a fully restored, 1959 Edsel Villager station wagon in 2-tone black & white! 

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Friday

K-Line Springfield, Sonic Blue - Friday Strat #257

St. Louis Style Strat-type



Sonic Blue glare!


K-Line Guitars are built in St. Louis by Chris Kroenlein. His S-type model is called the Springfield.

Our Friday Strat feature for the week is this Sonic Blue Springfield. The select alder body is finished in nitro, and loaded with Klein pickups (custom wind for K-Line) and Wilkinson Vintage trem w/steel block. The neck is 10" radius, medium "U" with Jescar medium fretwire; similar to Dunlop 6105 which is tall/skinny .095-.047".

K-lines are available in different degrees of aging or un-aged. This one appears to be an un-aged "Time-Capsule" model, although these photos aren't the greatest (click 'em for close-ups!) 

Rt7 Music a Connecticut based K-line dealer is listing this one as NEW with hard case. They're a Top-rated seller with 100% positive 2K+ feedback. Seller also currently selling a K-Line burst Springfield with Lollar Dirty Blonde pickups.  


 
 
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Thursday

Fender Knopfler Strats are Red

Hot Rod Red





Mark Knopfler Stratocaster listings are plentiful at the moment. And they're all red. That's because Hot Rod Red is the only color they come in. And rosewood only. That's how the sultan's swing.

The Knopfler Artist Series is at the higher end of the production signature Strats. They feature nitro finish on a '57 style ash body with Texas Special pickups. Neck is a tinted '62 "C" (chunkier than a modern slim "C") with 21 med-jumbo frets and a 7.25" radius.  Although the above pictured case appears to be brown, current/new models come with a black case. Trem and tuners are vintage style as well.

So if you like red Strats with old school dimensions, check out the Mark Knopfler model. Maybe get a blister on your little finger-- maybe get a blister on your thumb...




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Wednesday

Psychedelic Strat, Fleming Masterbuild



Paint by Pamelina

Not necessarily cloned, but beautiful!



The Psychedelic Strat was a limited run of 41 guitars by Fender Custom Shop. They were all hand painted by Pamelina H., and no two are identical. Based on the '69 Strat, this one is a Chris Fleming Masterbuild from January of 2006-- ser# CZ503220, signed by Fleming. Oddly, the word psychedelic is misspelled on the COA. 

Distinctive Guitar LLC based in Chicago, is a Top-rated, 100% positive feedback seller. This guitar is in unplayed condition, and includes COA, candy, OHSC, plus a copy of the FCS build sheet. The seller also lists hi-end inventory by Michael Tuttle, Rocketfire, Collings and others.

 
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Guitarist Eric Barnett - Points North

Modern Instrumental Rock from Magna Carta Records





Eric Barnett heads up the Prog power trio Points North whose new release "Road Less Traveled" is packed with instrumental goodness. Very much influenced by Dixie Dregs, Rush, Police and Satriani, there's even a tune on the album titled, "Steve's Morsels".;)))

Barnett kills it with a cherry burst Strat in the above video for new track "High Wire"; an arrangement with plenty of Morse vibe.








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Strat Masters Phil Brown & Greg Koch

New Releases From Grooveyard Records

 Click Here for samples and reviews!
 Phil Brown - Live In Seattle

  Click Here for samples and reviews!
Greg Koch - Strat's Got Your Tongue

Just in time for your summer listening enjoyment, Grooveyard Records shares fresh release news on two serious Strat players! Both Phil Brown and Greg Koch are known for great chops and Strat tones. 

Brown is a soulful mix of Hendrix & Beck that you must hear, cuz it's not what you might expect. 

Koch is just plain crazy good; a true tone master! Sort of the Penn Jillette of guitar, to those acquainted with his instructional vids. Not to be confused with the other Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing-- another cool Greg Koch nonetheless!

But don't just take my word... Check the tune samples & details for yourself at the above links! 



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Tuesday

TAO Guitars of Belgium


Best Thing Since Pomme Frites!


French fries that is! Check out our latest installment of Stratoblogster Labs at the Guitar World Blog. And discover the story behind that thing-a-ma-jiggy pictured above!




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Monday

Kelton Swade Strat-type, 59 Relic

BROWN SUGAR Custom Strat




Everything about this guitar makes it seem sticky and likely to attract bees as well as overly friendly women with menthol tinged bourbon breath. Looks like it was slathered with molasses and hung up in a smoke house with a bunch of hams. Mmmm! I like it already!

Kelton Swade is a Nashville area builder whose player roster includes the likes of Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Johnny Hiland and other good ol' boys. His '59 Brown Sugar here, is a 2011 build currently listed by a *seller in Michigan who's also selling a Swade Tele-type, similarly swamp-thang lookin'! Contact Swade at the above link to double check & get more specs.   

Click Here for an official Kelton Swade demo video of this very guitar played by Nashville picker Jamie Michael. This is a woody & bright sounding Strat!

*eBay Seller hamslamp is listing this guitar with OHSC. Case candy oughta include a side of bacon, or at least some fried pork rinds! Cross yer fingers on that one...


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Metal Guitar Pickguards, Covers & Plates

Handmade in Germany for Strat, Tele & More... 





Ready to shed some of your plastic? These metal pickguards are handmade in Germany with traditional engraving tools-- no CNC. Besides the Fender compatible items above, there are also toggle switch plates and truss rod covers for Gibson & Epiphone guitars. Brass is available for some items.

Free yourself from the plastic world of plastic people and plastic cowboys!

Seller: Ertmer Music of Treffurt, Germany ships to US, Europe, most of Asia and Down Under as well. Good seller with positive feedback and good history.


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Saturday

Heavy Relic Strat - NoCaster Blonde

Peachy Fender Custom Shop '60





Officially this finish is called "NoCaster Blonde". But I can't decide whether to call it "Peachy Skank" or "Skanky Peach". Probably have to put that one on the back burner, and move on with my life...

Whatever ya wanna call it, the Heavy Relic part is for certain. And they did a great job making this one look truly aged. This is a '60 model with mostly early 60's features except for the 6105 frets and 9.5" radius modern specs. 

Bizarre Guitar Reno's Demos & Deals lists this one as new. But it must've been hangin' around awhile to be on their D&D site instead of Bizarreguitar Reno. Too skanky for Reno? WTF?? Or maybe this peach has been saving itself for just the right playa.




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Franken Strat "Lane" Dealio

NICE BONES!


Serious leather casting couch...


My first order of bidness would be a headstock decal-ectomy. Otherwise, this at least appears to have some bang for the buck!

Currently listed at $699 BIN, this config is composed of Warmoth birdseye neck, flame (kinda quilty too) maple capped ash body by Metal Shop Music, Fender CS pickups & tuners and some kinda Gotoh lookin' bridge. Looks nice with the pearly guard and rear cover too! And dig the Frankenstein neck plate.

Pretty good price for all that content. It's a 2008 product with low miles just judging from the appearance. Contact seller for more specs on neck, frets, etc. Comes with padded gig bag. 

VINTAGE GUITAR GEMS of Thousand Oaks, CA is the seller. 100% positive 1800+ feedback. 


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Les Paul on Hendrix



How Differently Would Things Have Turned Out??







When you listen to this, you just can't help but wonder and imagine. It was still important for an American artist to make a big impact in the UK at that point. But Hendrix might have exploded in the US first under the management of Les Paul. And then, who knows how things would have turned out?




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Friday

Fender MB, Fessler Pinup Strat

Twistin' By The Pool!

Click images for clear close-ups!




This 2006 Fender Custom Shop Greg Fessler Masterbuilt '64 Relic was originally part of a set that included a Jazzmaster. 

The Guitar Dude Boutique based in Florida always does a great job presenting their stuff, usually poolside. Even more important, besides being a Top-rated seller, they provide plenty of specs. This listing even includes pics of Fender's "Shop Floor Traveler" sheet with all vital stats, as well as the Fessler signed COA. Seller refers to this as a 2004, but COA is dated 2006.

Specs include relic's nitro ash body, Fat 50's pickups, quarter sawn neck, 6105 frets, 60's "C" profile and 7.25" radius. COA, orig candy and case are included.


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