Sunday, March 20, 2016

The First Fender Strat with George Gruhn

Greetings once again, my fellow modheads... I was just perusing through Facebook, when I happened to come across this pretty cool and very historically informative video that I thought best to share with my readers, since it is of a highly guitar related nature, of course! The video in question features what is believed to be the very first serial numbered Fender Stratocaster of the iconic strat line of guitars; as explained by George Gruhn of Gruhn Guitars.

Image of George Gruhn and the 1st Serial Numbered Stratocaster Guitar

It's really the early production line standards such as the serial number being printed on the tremolo plate cover and the Bakelite knobs, for example, that really astound me.  The other thing that's amazing to find out about is how the early strats only had three way blade switches, as the technology for a five way switch wouldn't be developed 'til decades later... which basically meant that a lot of players would jam something like a matchstick in between certain positions to get that in between sound (AKA: two pickups at once) out of their instrument.  But hey! That's just the prototypist in me, being taken aback by successive technological revisions and whatnot... just have a look for yourself and enjoy this video here...



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