Guitars: 1958 Fender Stratocaster
I got real lucky when I found this Strat in 2002. I prefer a hard driving tone and a lot of complexity. I've played many late 1950s Strats, and I haven't found one that compares to this '58. This particular guitar has all the original parts, unbroken solder connections, original strap and ashtray bridge cover as well.
Underside of pickguard.
10/58 body date.
As you can see in the later photos, I think every time I take her out I am losing about $200 on the paint that is chipping away. She loves the abuse and is definitely a tone benchmark.
I gigged this one a lot in 2011 and into 2012. The paint is still falling off, but she is a blast to play.
Playing at Sam's c. 2005.