Fender Stratocaster 1962 Vintage Reissue Fiesta Red

Made in 1982 (Serial No. V002729)

A friend of mine who worked in a music shop in Perth City called me and said “I have a guitar here you need to see” so I went to the shop and this was the guitar that he had. (Actually I think he wanted the guitar for himself but his wife said “NO”)

I loved it straight away but as I was just starting out in a new band I had no cash flow but didn’t want to miss out on this guitar as I knew it was special so we organized a loan and I was to pay it off over a couple of years. As it turned out the new band started making money and I paid the loan in just a few months. This was the first reissue guitar that I’d seen and I ended buying some more reissues in the 80s but sold them as they weren’t as good as this one.

Some time in the mid 80s I changed the pickups to EMG SA and the bridge saddles as one of the original pickups stopped working and the saddles were corroding due to all the hot sweaty gigs I was playing at the time. I still have the original parts and will probably put it back to original at some stage.

I didn’t play it very much in the 90s and 2000s. When I started playing with “Mental As Anything” in January 2013 I was looking for a Stratocaster that would be suitable and chose this one as the EMG pickups would be more consistent with different amplifiers that we sometimes have to use as when we fly to gigs we don’t usually take our own amps and have to use hire amps which can be inconsistent and sometimes the original Fender pickups can sound a little thin if the amp is not working 100%.

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