On my wishlist right now:
Fender '62 American Vintage Hot Rod Strat (I wish it came in honey blonde!)
So a few years back (2003 I think) I was helping my sister empty out one of the outer building workshops at our parents house and I moved a bunch of boxes and old paint cans on a shelf.
Out of nowhere this Stratocaster neck falls off the shelf and literally into my hands.
I look on the shelf and in this cardboard box is the rest of this strat in pieces... So real quick like I gather up all the pieces and stick them in my truck.
The guitar sat in pieces for about a year at my home until I decided to take a look at it.
The Body is dated 1972
The Neck is dated 1971
The 3 bolt Tiltomatic Neckplate Serial Number is from the 1972-1973 range
My jaw dropped.
It took me the next 15 months to get the neck to stay straight and not twisted.
It took me another 2-3 years to rehab it and bring it back from the dead.
Not a bad find if you think about it. We believe that it was left at the house in the 1981-1984 period. Probably from a Christmas party. So for a guitar that sat in the elements for 20 years I am amazed at how wonderful it is.
I loaded it with Texas Pickups from Fender, Locking Tuners and a sweet new pickguard and bridge. Although, I am looking for a nice vintage style bridge for it.
It is a hard tail strat which you just do not see many of.
Great story and an awesome strat, skotrat! I think Callaham makes a hardtail vintage-style strat bridge. His strat replacement parts are incredible. http://www.callahamguitars.com/