I've been amazed all my life how gifted musicians have been able to bring sounds from their guitars that I only dreamed of. This was a point of fascination to me. Part of that fascination was the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The "Strat" as musicians called it. Now the very first fender strat has been found and it's for sale. For $250,000.00. "George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made.You can own it for a cool quarter million dollars."This is special. It's not special as memorabilia because it was owned by anybody special. But it is special because this is effectively like having the right Rembrandt or Van Gogh or Da Vinci. It's special because of what it is and who did this. Not because of who owned it."The sunburst-finish Strat bears the serial number 0100. Although some Strats have lower numbers that begin with 0001, Gruhn says they actually were manufactured later in that first year of production. He says the number-one Strat was sold to an amateur who evidently took good care of it."This one didn't go to a famous performer," he said. "It actually went to Joe Blow Public. But it stayed in good condition, hardly used. And then, a bit over 30 years ago, Richard Smith, who is a curator today at the museum of the city of Fullerton, Calif., where this guitar was made, bought this guitar." http://www.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=20467460

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