stratocaster

An amalgamation of Johnny A.'s four favorite model years—1963 through 1966—that features a select two-piece alder body with an off-center seam.

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Name: Mark Robinson

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Guitar: Daphne Blue “1968” Stratocaster

Regretting that his 1968 “Hendrix” Strat got away, a guitarist decides to recreate it 50 years later.

It’s 1968 and I’m a 13-year-old Hendrix wannabe, like a thousand other teenage guitar players. In a pawnshop on Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina, hangs a brand new olympic white Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard, oozing Hendrix vibe (many pawnshops were official Fender dealers back then). It hung there for a year, gaining a stain from the neck hanger which looked like the infamous burnt cigarette mark you see on some Strats. I worked an entire summer painting fences to earn the $300 it took to take that guitar home. (I worked the next summer to earn enough to buy a ’69 drip-edge Pro Reverb).

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Papooz on Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk" | Hooked

The French rockers detail how they appreciate the original '50s classic, but Jeff Beck's stirring rendition is an instrumental apex.

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