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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”
- Dave Rogers
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Lake Placid Blue, Serial number 101113, Here is a good example of this classic custom color. A previous owner did install one of the Fender clear body guards on this one. It has since been removed. The body does have a few wear spots from when the rubber on the guard reacted with the lacquer. Sadly, in most cases the guards did more harm than was ever intended.
Olympic White, Serial number L86093, A customer came into my shop with this one close to twenty years ago and wanted to sell it. I asked him who did the refinish work, as it was way too clean. He had a confused look on his face and said that he did not understand what I was asking. As it turned out, he was the one and only owner. This Strat was hanging in the store where he took lessons for 6 years before he bought it in 1971. He just never played it after that. This one also has all of the Fender hang tags, and the manual. This guitar looked brand new when it came in, and it still looks new today. They do not get any cleaner than this one!
Candy Apple Red, Serial number L20266, This one reminds me of the time when I was 15 years old and had a chance to buy a 1963 Red Sparkle Strat for $175. At that time we all thought that they used the bad wood for the custom color guitars. I do remember closing that case and saying I would buy it if it was Sunburst. What was I thinking?
Sunburst, Serial number L36630, This one has been in the collection for a very long time and the "red" is starting to fade on the front.
Black, Serial number L27250, Although you wouldn't think it, Black is a pretty rare and hard to find Custom Color. My good friend Chris Trider found this one for me years ago.
Burgundy Mist, Serial number L11394, Purchased locally from the wife of the original owner. He was kindly gentleman who brought this guitar into my first store back in '82 for a restring & set up. I flipped when I saw the guitar and I told him if he ever wanted to part with it to please think of me. He said he'd never part with it as it was the best playing guitar he ever had his hands on. Over the years he became a good customer & friend and he would drop in often just to say hi. Then I got the call from his wife telling me that he had passed. It was a sad time for me indeed. The one thing that he made clear to his wife was that he wanted to make sure that I got the guitar after he was gone. I'll treasure this one till my dying day, just like he did.
Blonde, Ash body, Serial number L19865, Fits right in with the Blonde '58 Strat!
Fiesta Red, Serial number 49005, Hard tail, This one is a little beat up but it is just a wonderful guitar in a pretty rare color!
Sunburst, Ash body, Serial number 8154, I think I bought this one at the peak of Stratomania back in 1987 for $6000. At the time I did think I was crazy for doing it, but I just really liked this guitar.
3 Tone Sunburst, Serial number 026665, This is one of the guitars that Greg Koch used to record the CD that goes along with the Tom Wheeler Fender Amp Book. Greg also used many of the Fender amps that are part of the collection we have here at the shop.
Sunburst, One piece Ash body, Serial number 0756, I bought this one in the mid-eighties from my good friend Bill Nix. Bill's store was called Somewhere in Iowa Guitars. I remember doing many deals with him over the years.
Sunburst, Alder body, Serial number 024384, I bought this lovely '57 Strat along with a matching Tweed Super many years ago. This pair came from the "north woods" of Wisconsin. I remember paying what I thought was top dollar for these back then, and they sure are clean!
Blonde, Ash body, Serial number 36315, This guitar was purchased from the late Reeve Little at a guitar show in Dallas, Texas back in the early 90's. You could always trust that whatever Reeve had for sale was going to be 100 percent straight. I miss him and think of him often.
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