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Vintage Bench Test: 1961 and 1963 Fender Stratocasters

If you’ve ever wondered whether vintage tone is in the wood or the pickups, this pair of custom-colour pre-CBS Fender Stratocasters may help settle the issue.

Vintage Bench Test: 1957 Fender Stratocaster ‘Mary Kaye’

Forget your ’54s and custom colours, the most collectable Stratocaster of them all is the blonde and gold ‘Mary Kaye’.

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

You might think that the idea of unearthing an all-original golden-era Fender that’s been kept under a bed or in a closet for decades is pure fantasy. But they are still out there, as Huw Price’s encounter with this 1963 Stratocaster proves…

Vintage Bench Test: 1970 Fender Stratocaster – Blonde Ambition

With one foot in 1969 and the other in 1970, this Fender Stratocaster is proof that the company was still making great guitars after the CBS takeover.

Vintage Bench Test: 1964 Fender Stratocaster

If a played to death pre-CBS Strat is your fantasy guitar, this example from 1964 may be much as you have imagined it.

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

An original custom colour Sea Foam Green Strat is many a Fender collector’s holy grail. We find there’s more to this guitar than just a rare finish…

Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Fender Stratocaster

This barely-played 50s Strat has the unblemished appearance of a modern guitar. However, as we find out, it plays and sounds like a vintage dream…

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Gibson SG Special

The SG Special took over from the single- and double-cutaway Les Paul Special models in 1961. This example features the short-lived Maestro Vibrola.

Angus Young on his favourite SG: “It’s a vintage one. The one that I’ve always had”

It’s so battered it’s kept locked away so it’s always ready for the studio.
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