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1954 Fender Strat Prototype

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Wayne D., Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Wayne D.

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    Here's one I wish I knew more about.
    Anyone know anything about it?

     
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    ...and here's another one I also would like to know more about.
    1954 Fender strat #0109 in Russia. Does anyone understand Russian?

     
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    Wow freaking cool
     
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    I thought the first couple hundred had the serial on the backplate, then the numbering sequence started over again on the neckplate. It would be a stretch to call this one a prototype wouldn't it?

    Not that it isn't just lovely.
     
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    Obviously an awesome historic strat, but I have a hard time believing theres plenty of life left on the frets (if original) with that much fretboard wear. Also, what are the "one-off" features if it is a prototype?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. To me #0221 would be in the third batch of '54 strats. You had the trem cover '54's #0100-0207, then the metal plate ones #0001-0099, then his batch #0208- onward.
    But I think his view is Leo was still making corrections to the body and hardware when they were manufacturing his strat.
     
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    I agree, and have seen '54 Strats with a later # that still had the shaped poodle case. Wonder if the Russian #0109 has the trem cover or the neck plate stamp (maybe they show in the video and I missed it). It is unbelievably clean . . . almost like a refin, but the plastic is also perfect looking. o_O
     
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    Hi T G F, In the Russian video at the 6:34 mark he is pointing at the trem cover, so I'm taking he is pointing to the serial number 0109 there. :)
     
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    Wow! That's a clean, very old Strat! Wonder how it came to reside in Russia. I couldn't tell if they have it up for sale or just showing it off. o_O
     
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    I know i dont know much about strats yet im still learning,but that body could be repainted it looks to new and the pickups and knobs look to new, but what the hell do i know im a moron
    Im talking about the frist video
     
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    That's exactly what I thought about the second (Russian) video. (Except for the "moron" part . . . not a gambling man, but I'll bet you're not one). :)
     
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    Wow! What great condition that thing is in!
     
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    Have we found out the information we seek? :)
     
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    He said that his name is Stringplucker) After recoding two rare telecaster 1950 and 1954 this Fender Stratocaster from 1954, he never though of that he will ever hold something like this in his hands. But it's not ordinary Strat it's have #9 Fender Stratocaster from 1954, by the way David Gilmore in possession of #1 and this one is#0009))) After he is showing that this start have 3-way switch and goes thru each pick up selection. Also he is pointing to tremolo cover and read serial number 0109 "with translates to #9 strat" (for some reason he calls it number 9) Body made of Swamp Ash and neck made by famous Tadeo Gomes. In the end of the video he saying that this Guitar from Don Randall collection and he heard some of the rumors that Jeff Beck was hunting for this actual instrument very long time, but he fail). But they got lucky.
     
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    Thank you ak-78 for the translation. :)
     
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    The trem cover numbers started at 0100, so 0109 would be the ninth serial number although, not necessarily the 9th strat made, but as close as it gets.

    Gilmore's strat would be after this one, since his #0001 is on the neckplate.
     
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    if you start at 0100, 0109 is actually the 10th serial number
     
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