Back in 1954 Leo Fender gave a very early Stratocaster to west coast blues artist Pee Wee Crayton. It featured a stunning early red nitrocellulose finish, a gold anodized pickguard and a figured birdseye maple neck.
Pee Wee recorded and toured with that guitar until his passing in 1985. In fact this Pee Wee Crayton track from 1954 is thought to be the first documented recording of a Fender Stratocaster –
Recorded on April 29th 1954, Pee Wee took this brand new red Strat to a recording studio in New Orleans and recorded “Do Unto Others.” The opening riff might sound pretty familiar to Beatle fans. We wonder if the Beatles ever heard this?
This particular guitar is thought to be a one-off special order for a renowned UK guitarist who ordered it from a US dealer, but never picked it up. His name is on the original masking tape applied to the case back in its year of manufacture in 2002.
In 2014 Fender Custom Shop released the Limited Edition Golden ’50s 1954 Stratocaster in Cimarron Red which harkens back to the original Pee Wee Crayton model. But this particular guitar pre-dates that reissue series by 12 years.
This one showcases all the best features of high end Fender Custom Shop work. The nicely ageing nitro finish is closer in colour to what became Fiesta Red, the gold pickguard is something quite rare and distinctive, and the stunningly figured birdseye maple neck is something to behold.
It plays beautifully and has all the characteristics of a top end Custom Shop reissue. Killer pickups with a 9.5” radius neck profile in medium C shape, frets in excellent condition, and a fast low action.
Weight is 7.8 lbs
This is a killer package. A great playing guitar with a unique combination of early custom colour, spectacular wood, and big classic vintage Fender TONE.
Comes in its original Fender tweed case in good condition, along with its signed Certificate of Authenticity.