Rare Guitars: Gary Gand’s 1954 Fender Stratocaster #0163

An early example in incredible condition.

Gary Gand 1954 Fender Stratocaster (Body)
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As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, Gary Gand has a jaw-dropping collection of axes. We’ve inspected his Gibson guitars – including a ’64 Firebird and a ’67 Trini Lopez Standard – so today, we’re taking a closer look at one his Fenders: the 1954 Fender Stratocaster #0163.

“This is my go-to guitar, no big deal”, Gary tells us. When he got this guitar in the 90s, Gary says it was the best-playing guitar he’d ever felt. In fact, it played so well that he hasn’t changed the setup or strings since! “I never touched this one, never even adjusted the action. It’s so perfect as it is, I’m afraid to change the strings.”

This Strat boasts the highly coveted V neck, original pickguard and pickup covers, the original single-line Kluson tuners, a stunning two-tone Sunburst finish, and play wear denoting years spent in the cowboy-chord positions on the neck.

Take a closer look at it here:

Check out more of Gary Gand’s collection here.


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