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Monday, August 30, 2010

1960 Fender Stratocaster

via this auction

"This Strat was formerly owned by Saturday Night Live / Session Guitarist G.E. Smith. It is a part of Rock & Roll History.

It comes with a letter written by G.E. himself (pic #11)... Transcribed below:

I bought this guitar in 1980 from We Buy on 48th st. in New York City. At that time, I was working for Daryl Hall and John Oates and used it extensively on recordings and many round the world tours with them.

One of my favorite spots is on their song You Make My Dreams Come True- in the middle of the song Daryl says Now listen to this- Two F chords and a-wick-a-da wow into the bridge That is this guitar.

It is a great guitar and I only traded it away because I am downsizing my electric collection for acoustic instruments. G.E. Smith January 1995

I had this appraised two years ago by George Gruhn (pic #12) It was recently reappraised on 8/10/2010:

July 24th, 2008
I have personally inspected this instrument. The guitar described below is, in our opinion, a Fender Stratocaster model made in the year 1960.

Serial number 52014. This guitar was previously owned and used by G.E. Smith and has a letter dated January 1995 from Smith attesting to this fact. G.E states that he purchased the guitar and used it extensively. Prior ownership by Smith gives this guitar added memorabilia appeal.

This is a non-tremolo Stratocaster. It conforms to the typical specifications of the model for the period in which it was made with sunburst body finish, greenish white beveled edge laminated pickguard, maple neck with spaghetti logo peghead and thick slab rosewood fingerboard with clay dots, and typical Stratocaster electronics, hardware, and ornamentation. The original three position pickup selector switch has been replaced with a later five position switch, which is preferred by most players today. The instrument shows significant playing wear, but is structurally fine and set up in excellent playing order. The guitar has it's original brown Tolex covered Fender hard shell case.

Current market value $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars)

Mr. Gruhn's recent handwritten update:

Update 8/10/2010
We note a very small very minor repaired crack by the low E string tuner. Current market value $25,000 (twenty five thousand dollars)

One should note that the pickup control cavity has been professionally shielded. Also, George told me personally that the non original frets and very small, very minor crack do not affect the value of this guitar... the two year economic decline in the market has affected most electric guitar prices.

Potential Buyers should paste this link for additional detailed pics:
(Slideshow works best)

Here's a youtube link with G.E. playing this Strat live with Hall & Oates:
(As the camera zooms closer, you'll see the matching mark on the upper horn)"

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