When I found my number one CS strat it was hanging in a poorly lit guitar boutique where some fool had traded it in barely two years old. It looked to be black metallic with gold hardware and pearl pickguard, a '50's style reissue with the most gorgeously shaped deep soft V neck I had ever felt. Custom shop strats were still quite rare around '91 and all the very knowledgeable dealer could tell me was "it is a custom strat similar to a Clapton but not a Clapton, call or write to John Cruz at the Fender custom shop." I plunked down my cash - way less than a grand (yes, grown men weep). I carried it outside in its tweed case, laid it on the hood of the car, and opened it up to the bright daylight. It glittered and shone a deep metallic gunmetal blue color with hints of surf green. Wow, and I bought it thinking it was black! I pulled the neck as soon as I got it home and found the stamps and signatures of Art Esparza and Carlos "C.D." Sanchez on neck and body. I quickly dashed off a note to Art asking for any info on this serial number and especially on the paint color. The next Monday the phone rang, "Hi, this is Art from Fender..." couldn't have been nicer, told me all he could remember, they made half a dozen or so in that color, looked great with gold hardware and the pearl guard, some with lace sensors, some with CS 54's or Texas Specials. Basically a '56 type reissue with the deep soft V neck. Two years later I saw one on ebay that appeared to be identical, I quickly sold two nice mics and bought it. It turned out to be a matching twin with serial number a few away from my first one and dated a week apart, dead mint unplayed, for less than a grand (grown men continue to weep). Such is history. These guitars had lightweight alder bodies with very deep forearm bevel and tummy cut, custom color lacquer finish, deep soft V maple neck with light amber lacquer, and gold vintage style hardware except Schaller strap lock buttons that were hot at the time even on vintage style custom strats.