|The Fender Wall at Chicago Music Exchange|
I currently own a Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster, so I wanted to find an early 1960's, pre-CBS buyout, Stratocaster to see how my Custom Shop compares in feel and tone. Now I do know that with age, wood opens up and resonates much better, so many vintage fans vow to only play "old wood". I wanted to see for myself if there was much difference in a $35,000 vintage guitar and the $2,500 guitar that I've already been mesmerized by. I found a 1960 Fender Stratocaster. This Stratocaster is a one-of-a-kind guitar built for a trade show in 1960. That means that this was slightly different than most stratocasters of the time period. This one actually has a factory painted 3-tone sunburst neck. It features a slab wood brazillian rosewood fretboard. One would expect a guitar of this era to have already worn through the paint on the neck, but to my surprise, the neck had the same feel and comfort of my own, sans the peeling painted/nitro finish in areas.
|1960 Fender Stratocaster|
|1962 Gibson ES-330|
|1947 Gibson ES-300|
|The Les Paul and SG wall at Chicago Music Exchange|