First Fender Stratocaster Sells for $250K
Posted by Michael Mueller on March 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM
George Gruhn, owner of Nashville's Gruhn Guitars, has just sold the very first production-model Fender Stratocaster for $250,000. The 1954 Strat was sold on consignment for guitar historian Richard Smith. The buyer, a private collector in the U.S., wished to remain anonymous.
The guitar, which was in excellent condition and reportedly all original, had the serial number 0100 on the back tremolo plate. Fender has verified it as being the very first non-prototype, production-model Stratocaster, even though later models have lower numbers starting with 0001.
Gruhn told the Tennessean that the buyer is not a guitar player, and so he encouraged the man to contact the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix about putting the prized axe on public display.