Second Strat Ever Made?
A Sam Ash employee claims that they have in their hands the second Stratocaster that was ever made.
The question and song to ask is - could you be my #2? Is this the actual second Fender Stratocaster, or is this just another hyped up vintage guitar?
A guy apparently from Sam Ash made a bold statement at Reddit, saying that they have found the "second Stratocaster ever made".
The story begins with a 94 year old man and his son coming to a Sam Ash branch to sell a beat up Fender Stratocaster guitar. We can deduce based on the pictures that the guitar was sold to a Sam Ash branch.
The old man then told the story that he used to play with Count Basie and Les Paul back in the day. The old man wanted money for his family and since his son doesn't know anything about guitars, he decided to sell it instead of leaving it unused. Sam Ash employees easily recognized that it's a genuine vintage Fender so they bought it from the old man for a price that they did not disclose.
According to the guy who posted it on reddit, "maip23", the guitar still has all of its original parts with the exception of its modified tuning machines. They inspected the guitar and found the signature of the original builders that were also found in other '54 era Strats. They also saw a "#2" writing under the neck, which gave them the idea that this guitar could be the second Stratocaster ever made.
Sam Ash then called on luthiers and other knowledgeable people to look at the guitar, and they are betting that this guitar is the real thing, the second Strat that was built.
As expected, there were many contentions to their big claim, some pointed out flaws on the back story, and then another one pointed that the 0103 number on the Tremolo plate is indicative of a May/June 1954 production and not of the March 1954 run which is where the #2 Fender Stratocaster should have come from. Another thing that was pointed out was the round string tree which was said to have only been seen on the second run.
Some of the vintage guitar aficionados were asking to have the pictures of the volume and tone pots taken, they say that it is an easy indicator of the guitar's vintage correctness - redditor Code347 said that they should show 100ohm and have shafts that are solid brass.
The guy from Sam Ash then replied that they found a January 1954 date on the neck which according to them is a good indicator that the guitar is built within the first batch of guitars and could really be the second.
Disregarding the technicalities, many are convinced that the Strat is a genuine 1954 vintage Fender instrument, and this is great news by itself. It is said that the guitar will go on sale with a starting negotiable price of $50,000. If it could be proven to be the real thing, we can expect more big players coming into the picture, we might be seeing Fender themselves look at this "historic" guitar.
Here is a video of the "#2" Strat in action:
If you are interested on the guitar and for more information, you can check out the conversation thread at Reddit.
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