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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Wayne D., Oct 17, 2016.
Thanks for the math lesson... right you are, lol
Don Randall had a guitar collection . . . and somehow this ended up in Russia! Wonder what else he had and where all those guitars (and amps?) are now. Any body know any of the Randall family? Wayne?
I couldn't find anything about his guitar collection.
I always thought this was "the" prototype: https://sites.google.com/site/1953stratocaster/
It is, but one of many. The ones that Leo first used as 'mules' (I believe five were known) were usually cut up and thrown away in the dumpster when he was done with them.
That one is the only one known to have been rescued from the shelf later on. There is another with PRO-1 written in the neck cavity that was one of Leo's early 'guinea pigs'.
The 'mules' were used by Leo to get the measurements of different parts for the guitar.
The 'guinea pigs' were early completed guitars that Leo gave to friends to test out in the field
and then would report back to him with their comments.
"The 1954 Fender Stratocaster is of course the beginning of the breed. Full factory production of the Fender Stratocaster started October 1954. Stratocasters made from March 1954 to September 1954 were really hand-made prototypes, and the Strat's features did not "settle" until October 1954.
The March to September 1954 models are the most interesting because of the unique prototypical features Fender was experimenting with (mostly related to plastic parts, which were different prior to October 1954), and the guitar's hand-crafted look and feel." - from Guitarhq.com
There is a thread called "Documented 1954 Pre-Production Run Stratocasters" that I highly recommend
to anyone wanting information on the early Strats. It's in this forum from a couple years ago.
And . . . here's another one, since we're in the great '54 Strat debate.
Do want to say that Wayne D is one of our expert resident 54 Strat experts!
Also like to add, if anyone is reading this that, Fender was still using whatever was in stock at the time. Have seen a '54 Strat bridge with 6 slot-head screws holding the base to the body. My buddy's 54, has Phillips screws in the bridge, but slot-heads for pickup height adjustment.