Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Reissue

Jimi at Woodstock!

I remember being totally awestruck watching the legendary performance by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Sadly at my tender young age I was unable to witness it live, but I was still blown away watching it on the silver screen. In that moment I decided that I just had to have a white Strat with a maple neck. It took me quite a few years, but I finally acquired one. Although the guitar Jimi played was a ’68 model, the ’69 is essentially identical.

I have always been partial to the “big head” Strats since they are a product of my era. Although the headstock and decal on the ’69 look similar to those seen on later guitars from the ’70s, this guitar still has a 4-bolt neck, and still has the old style truss rod adjustment located at the body end of the neck. 1971 would see the adoption of a new 3-bolt design, and a “bullet” style truss rod adjustment point located on the headstock.

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, it seems he was 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. When I purchased the guitar it still appeared to be brand new. There were no flaws or scratches in the finish. 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 – used to keep the spring in place. The guitar came with the original case, as well as all of the “case candy” and certificate of authenticity.

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

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Rex Poole