Stratocaster 60
Stratocaster 60
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It’s not just the 45 rpm vinyl single that turned 60 this year. It seems that one of the most iconic instruments in producing most of those wonderful vinyl singles, the Fender Stratocaster, beloved the world over by rock stars, bluesmen and garage bands alike, also turns 60 this year.


Some of the most famous (and infamous) guitarists have embraces the American cultural icon, that’s become best known in the biz as a “Strat”. The first Strat, a 1954 Fender Stratocaster, serial number 0001, is owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. They can sell from anywhere between $800 and $24,000 – a mere bagatelle compared to the estimated $2m the Seattle Seahawks owner and former Microsoft squillionaire Paul Allen paid for Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Stratocaster used during his legendary Woodstock gig of 1969.


And I suppose this gives me yet another lame excuse to show a close-up photo from the legendary Hendrix bronze statue by local Seattle artist Daryl Smith, which sits pride of place outside the Blick Arts Materials building on Broadway and E Pine.


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