1963 Fender Stratocaster
I got this guitar back in 1984 from Guitar Trader of Redbank New Jersey. It was sitting next to a left handed 1959 Fender Telecaster. Either one could be purchased at the time for $1500. I chose the Stratocaster. Either way you couldn't go wrong.
1964 Fender Jaguar
I played this guitar in Hollywood Guitar Center while visiting my sister a few years ago. I didn't buy it. Upon returning home I went to Guitar Center in New Jersey and asked if they could ship it here. They did and I bought it. This is the most pristine and original Fender of the lot not to mention it's pre-CBS status. This one could be in a museum. Note the stock right handed tail-piece on Jag and the Jazzmaster. Only upon reissuing these guitars did Fender actually make a true lefty tailpiece.
1965 Fender Jazzmaster
This old Jazzmaster was left for dead in the back of a guitar shop in Jersey for years. It looks nice in the picture but this guitar fell prey to the designs of a can of spray paint, a "custom" pickguard and other means of torture. I have done what I could to get it close to original.. The pickups are reissue but the pickguard is the real deal though thanks to eBay and a quick snipe job. The paint is refinished and a crappy job at that (for now anyway). Someday a re-refin and some original 60's pickups will be in order. This Jazzmaster also sports a non-original but easy to remove "buzz stop" bar. This pulls the strings down on the bridge for better tone and no buzz.
1966 Fender XII
I have only seen one left handed Fender XII in my life and this is it. I know they are out there though. This was another successful Ebay purchase. I was proud to score this one for less then some of the right handed ones I've seen for sale. This guitar is in remarkable near perfect condition. The only bummer? No case.
1968 Fender Telecaster
This Tele was bought in pieces. It was all there but someone saw fit to sand the body down to the wood. I had Jack at Jack's Guitar Refinishing put a nice butterscotch blond on there. This body has some nice grain showing through. The original pickguard is white. I took it off and for now have this black one on there. The original 1968 rosewood neck was an example of a freak lefty headstock. I've seen a number of lefty 68-69 Teles with no "Fender" and only the "Telecaster" decal. Who knows why. Maybe the new guy at the factory got stuck doing the lefties? Unlike the Fender "NoCasters" of the 1950's this opposite approach I like to call the "Fender-less Telecaster" didn't seem to attract nearly the attention. I have seen one or two pop up on Ebay with the overused and obligatory description "Rare". I suppose it was reasonably "Rare" in an undesirable sort of way. I got a good deal on this Tele and so add a couple of hundred for the refin and it is still a bargain. Nonetheless I have since added a 1969 maple neck with the a correct "Fender" decal. Of course it does not say "Telecaster" on it. Now with the nice Fender logo on there I can sleep at night.
1969 Competition Mustang
Ok so this isn't a "Fender" Competition Mustang but you have to admit that this Boss 302 is indeed a "Competition Mustang" right?. Another thing it isn't is "mine". Scroll down to see my 1969 Competition Mustang. It isn't hard to see the influences. The question is which came first? Ford had the Mustang in 64. So did Fender. It is no secret that guitars where influenced by cars.The Fender custom guitar colors where the same Dupont Ducco paint colors used on automobiles of the day.
1969 Fender Competition Mustang
Now we're talking! Fender came out with the first Mustang guitars in 1964. The Mustang was similar to the Duo Sonic though it had a more sophisticated pickup circuit as well as a newly designed vibrato. A vibrato which is yet another example of Leo Fender's totally functional and working designs. This museum piece is all original right down to the bridge cover, Fender strap and silver tolex case. It sports a candy apple red metallic paint with matching headstock and a nicely yellowed pearloid guard. The "competition" stripe is a nice almost beige like white. I love the way this guitar plays, sounds and looks. Mustangs came stock with switches that allowed for a true "out of phase" sound. Earlier Mustangs had either a 22.5" scale with 21 frets or a 24" scale and 22 frets. In 1969 only the 24" scale, 22 fret model was available. Be sure to check out my nephew Stephen's 1969 Hot Rod Mustang by clicking here.