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It was purchased brand new by the owner’s grandfather in 1965. He passed away in 1968, and the guitar was forgotten about. Recently, the owner’s grandmother passed on, and the family discovered the guitar—still stored in its original black case. Reportedly, the case itself had not been opened since 1968, which helped preserve the instrument for the next 42 years. The original flatwound “Spanish” guitar strings were still on it, and the finish had faded to a smooth, velvety feel. The neck was exceptionally well preserved, with very little wear on the gloss finish. It literally felt brand new. Some of the smaller construction details—such as the traditional Stratocaster knobs, celluloid pickguard, and clay-dot inlays—hinted at it being a model from the 1964 to 1965 transition period.
A special thanks to the guitar’s owner, Jon Vargason—who lives only a few miles from PG headquarters in Iowa—for letting us shine some light on this amazing vintage find.