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“I found a mint ’61 Fender White Twin. I also got a High Power Twin and a brown suede Dumble – serial number 14. Oh, and I bought something else – the original owner died in the fall, so the family had to settle the estate. It was during this weird dinner conversation with a guitar buddy and his wife – oh, and you could clearly see the unhappiness on his wife’s face when it went into the second hour of guitar geek talk – but she suddenly said, ‘My friend’s got a guitar…’ I was like, ‘Oh, yeah?’
“She texted her friend, who texted right back with a photo. She put her iPhone on the table, I looked at it, and I couldn’t believe my eyes – ‘That’s a blonde ’57 Strat with a 310 Bandmaster. You now have my undivided attention!’ [Laughs] I ended up making a deal with the family, and it’s clean: Original owner, bought November 22nd, 1957. I have the receipt. The Bandmaster and the Strat all for $350.”
I can only imagine what you paid.
[Laughs] “I paid $50,000. Slight difference. Finding original owner custom-color Strats – straight custom-color Strats – is very difficult these days. Quite frankly, I won’t buy one at a guitar show. The skullduggery is too much. To pull one out from under the bed is pretty fun.”
Nice use of the word “skullduggery."
“Oh, yeah, I use that word all the time when referring to the curmudgeons and cretins of the vintage guitar world.”