Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Reissue

Jimi at Woodstock!

Ever since seeing Jimi in the Woodstock movie, my goal was to acquire a white Strat with a maple neck. I have always been partial to the “big head” Strats since they are from my era. I am not one of those anti 3-bolt neck snobs like so many, but during the transitional period in the late 60s that was not an issue. You could have your big head and still have the old reliable 4-bolt neck attachment. In ’69, the Strat still had the old design truss rod with the adjustment screw on the body end, and no skunk stripe on the neck. Later ’70s models would change over to the bullet truss rod adjustment which would be moved to the headstock end, with the addition of a 2nd string tree.

This guitar was produced by the Fender Custom Shop in 2005. I found this guitar for sale by the original owner several years ago, who claimed to have hardly played it – a familiar story. In this case, he seemed to be telling the truth. This particular guitar was produced as a Time Machine NOS (new old stock) version, which means it looks like a brand new guitar as it would have shipped from the factory in ’69. No fake relicing here (although I do appreciate the look of a well worn old guitar). I could not find any real flaws or scratches in the finish on this one. The protective plastic was still present on the tremolo cover on the back of the body – which was still attached, and the factory sticker was still in place over the tremolo arm hole to keep the spring in place. The guitar came with the original case, as well as all of the “case candy” and COA.

There’s really not much else to say about this guitar. It plays and sounds as good as it looks.


Custom Shop

Rex Poole