Fender Stratocaster 2006 Limited Edition Reverse Proto 1979
Custom Shop Master Built Dennis Galuszka
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One of only 100 made by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka. The original Reverse Proto was designed in 1979 and is significant, as it was the first Artist instrument to come out of Fender’s shop. Although Jimi Hendrix had died a decade or so earlier, the Reverse Proto was inspired by his white late 1960’s Strat, and featured the reverse head-stock Hendrix made famous, although this time, mated to a right handed body. The guitar never did see production, as the Hendrix estate did not offer their support, and with the exception of a small number of prototypes the proto was shelved for good.
Stevie Ray Vaughan had one though – forever guaranteeing a place in Fender history and Folklore.
Today, John Mayer (an SRV and Hendrix fan, himself) is the model’s most notable proponent; his own original ’79 Reverse Proto was used as the blueprint in the recreation of the model. This Reverse Proto Stratocaster Master-built guitar features a two-piece select alder body with a vintage white finish that has been given the “Closet Classic” treatment, built as if bought new in its respective model-year, played maybe a few times a year and then carefully put away. It has a few small dings, a mildly checked finish, lightly oxidised hardware, and aged plastic parts. The one-piece maple neck has a reverse, late ’60s-style large head-stock and ’70s F tuning machines. Features include a matching belly-cut contour on the front of the body, a ’70s style-cast bridge with cast saddles, three Custom ’69 grey bobbin single-coil pickups, a late ’70s-style thin black-and-gold serialised logo decal, and early ’80s-style “F”- stamped neck plate with black plastic gasket.
It comes with a limited-edition black hard-shell case, special Custom Shop limited edition certificate, and DVD interview with Master Builder Dennis Galuszka. (DVD is Missing)