Did you know that back in the 1960’s Fender guitars were imported into Australia in cardboard boxes? Australian importers realised that they could save money by reducing the weight, and cost, of Fender guitars by supplying Australian made cases once they cleared customs.
This was not unusual for Fender – the UK distributors at the time, Selmer, provided their own cases, and other European Fender agencies did the same.
In Australia the contract for Fender cases went to Stamford & Sons who manufactured cases in Sydney for all Fender instruments from the very early 60s until late in that decade.
And they are still quite sought after by Fender aficionados, because hey were actually better than the US made cases at the time. They stood solidly on their bases due to a wider, more square stance than the US cases, which would often fall over when left standing on their hinged base.
And they featured two very large and deep storage pockets with their own lids – big enough to pack your strap, cables, spare strings, slides, picks and a cut lunch if you wanted.
They were well made and have stood the test of time for decades, to the extent that most Australian collectors would far prefer an Aussie made Stamford case to an original American unit.
This one presents in good condition with no splits or cracks in the wood structure, and no bad blemishes on the outer skin. There are a two worn areas where the velvet lining of the lid has worn away – above the tuners, and at the bridge. Apart from that this case is in full functioning form, and will serve you well for many more decades.