Guitars That Got Away

Guitars That Got Away chronicles the many guitars that I bought and sold in my life, as well as a few I did not take the opportunity to grab at the time. Everything from Fender Stratocasters, to Gibson Les Pauls and everything in between.

2003 Fender Stratocaster Candy Apple Red

2003 Fender Stratocaster

If ever there was a Fender Stratocaster that I should have never let go, it is this one. A one off Jon English Masterbuilt that unless you looked at the neckplate you would never know it was not a vintage Strat.

2002 Gibson Les Paul Standard Historic

2002 Gibson Les Paul ’59 Historic

This Gibson Les Paul Standard ’59 Historic Reissue was meant to be owned by Andy Summers of The Police, in fact it was on hold for him, but things do not always go to plan now do they?

2001 61 NOS Stratocaster & Telecaster

2001 ’61 NOS Stratocaster & Telecaster

I purchased this Ice Blue Matallic Stratocaster and Telecaster set somewhere around 2010 for memory, they are a rare Custom Shop set with serial number 10 of 10 and both are as mint as the day they came out of the Fender factory..

1989 Fender Stratocaster American Deluxe

1989 Fender Stratocaster

This 1989 Fender Stratocaster American Deluxe was never meant to be anything special, but having let it go, it leaves a lasting memory as it was simply such a good guitar.

1982 Fender Stratocaster

1982 Fender Stratocaster

These ‘Smith’ Strats were a precursor to the first reissue guitars announced in 1982, and released in 1983. I decided to get a ‘Smith’ Strat and this gold on gold example came up for sale at Mahars Vintage Guitars, USA which I landed for around AUD$2,050.

1976 Fender Stratocaster

1976 Fender Stratocaster

Somehow, the guitar came out a horrible mustard colour and not anywhere near Shoreline Gold. At this point I had lost all interest in the guitar and sold it to Brad Shepherd of the Hoodoo Gurus.

1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Red SparkleRed Sparkle

1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

This guitar was only made in one year, 1975, and was commissioned by the Sam Ash music store chain in the USA. They also commissioned a sparkle blue finish which ran for a couple of years more, so this guitar is pretty rare.

1963 Fender Stratocaster White

1963 Fender Stratocaster

On my first ever visit to San Francisco in the early 1980s, I happened into a Guitar Center store to see what they had in the way of vintage Fender guitars. It was then I spotted this 1963 Strat with the most amazing flamed maple neck.

1960 Fender Stratocaster in Candy Apple Red

1960 Fender Stratocaster

Thinking back, it was amazing that my first ever Fender Stratocaster was a 1960 Pre L slab board in the gorgeous Candy Apple Red finish! How lucky was I?

1956 Fender Stratocaster Johnny Wade

1956 Fender Stratocaster

This is it, the holy grail of my guitar collecting days, a guitar with so much history within the Australian music industry, it became known as the Johnny Wade guitar and was at one time owned by Martin Rotsey from Midnight Oil.

Tim Farris INXS Telecasters

Tim Farris INXS Telecasters

One day in a vintage guitar store in Sydney, in walks these three Fender Telecasters that belonged to Tim Farris from INXS. The guitars were in for insurance appraisal and we took the opportunity to photograph them.

1939 Gibson L-50 Archtop

1939 Gibson L-50 Archtop

Upon entering Johnny Wade’s home that was full of interesting old guitars, amplifiers and lap steels, I saw this rather worn old Gibson L-50 Archtop guitar, which he handed to me to play.

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