Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster 2017
Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Strat, made in Mex 2017. This is a replica of the guitar played, then famously set alight, at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. It's got an accurate reproduction of the custom artwork and fade finish; it's otherwise a pretty classic '62 style Strat. This one came from a favourite customer who always gives his guitars 'the treatment'; so it's got upgraded Gotoh locking staggered pole tuners, Callaghan bent steel saddles, a high mass steel block bridge, polished and dressed frets with rolled ends, and a re-wired with deluxe cloth wire and the tone knobs configured slightly differently. It's a monster in the hands: quick and light under the fingers, extremely responsive, loads of natural bass and attack... just too good. It's hard not to instantly gravitate to Jimi riffs, as it covers that tone so nicely, but hey, why fight the feeling, right? The Hendrix estate prefers to licence things for a short time and do limited numbers, so this is a pretty safe bet to increase steadily in value as the years pass. All hail Jimi: surely none ever wielded a Strat to better effect than he.
Model: Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster
Made: Mexico, 2017 (serial mx17974672)
Finish: fiesta red to olympic white fade with limited artwork
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: tuners replaced, saddles replaced, steel block installed in bridge, wiring replaced with vintage cloth wire, re-wired so first tone covers neck+middle and second tone covers bridge pickup, fret ends rolled
Pickups: Fender ST-Vintage single coil x3
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has a minor mark on the bottom edge and the back. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has a couple of light scuffs, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just some light scuffs on the shoulder and near the jack. The front is very clean, just some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have almost no visible wear, 9/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 strings.