Buddy Holly Strat

Rock72

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Did Fender ever release a Buddy Holly Signature strat? Just saw andocumentary on Holly who died at 22, truly one of the pioneers of guitar rock. Then I had to look up what happened with his strat:

http://www.buddyhollyonline.com/guitar.html

Kind of cool that his parents let everyone who visited them at home play Buddy's guitar
 

Lublin

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Not sure, but if you get a '57 reissue your almost all of the way there, except for any Buddy Holly signature model documentation.
 

Kardula

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random cool story bro' time:

I walked into my local repair guy's shop here in lubbock and he was holding and old strat with some old lady sitting in the chair and they were chatting while the guy was looking over the strat. I quietly observed and could tell the guitar looked older, but no clue how much older...I started listening in on the conversation, which they started including me in and it turns out that the old lady was David Box's sister, and the strat that the luthier was looking at was Box's old strat. They said it had been in a closed since Box's death in '64...the guy said it was either a 58 or a 57 and appraised it off the cuff at give or take 25k. It was interesting to be in the presence of such a neat artifact.
 

treeofpain

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To my knowledge, there has never been an official Buddy Holly Stratocaster. I think Fender has tried to make it happen, but they couldn't work out the details with Buddy's widow. Too bad...
 

moosewayne

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If I'm not mistaken, Buddy's Strat was a '56, a somewhat plain Ash.
As far as I'm concerned, any era accurate, Ash '50's Strat is a Buddy Holly model.
 

SGNick

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To my knowledge, there has never been an official Buddy Holly Stratocaster. I think Fender has tried to make it happen, but they couldn't work out the details with Buddy's widow. Too bad...
I believe Buddy's sister is the one controlling that kind of thing, and she's VERY protective of her brother's name, and things associated to it.
 

tazzboy

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The signature guitar that I was aware of was the one Gibson Did of J 45 Acoustic Guitar.
 

Bob Pollock

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Buddy owned between 5 and 7 Strats during his career. Most got stolen when he was touring.
 

cherrick

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random cool story bro' time:

I walked into my local repair guy's shop here in lubbock and he was holding and old strat with some old lady sitting in the chair and they were chatting while the guy was looking over the strat. I quietly observed and could tell the guitar looked older, but no clue how much older...I started listening in on the conversation, which they started including me in and it turns out that the old lady was David Box's sister, and the strat that the luthier was looking at was Box's old strat. They said it had been in a closed since Box's death in '64...the guy said it was either a 58 or a 57 and appraised it off the cuff at give or take 25k. It was interesting to be in the presence of such a neat artifact.
Who was David Box?
 

DGTCrazy

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Buddy owned between 5 and 7 Strats during his career. Most got stolen when he was touring.


Mark Johnson of MJ Guitars came into possession of one of Buddy's Strats, and I got to play it about 6-7 years ago. It was not taken care of too well, as it sat over time....but it was cool none the less!
 

robertkoa

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Funny thing about Fender Signature Guitars is they usually sound very similar to "regular" Fenders.....there are exceptions, but I'd like to see more of them.
 

Kelsey

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I think you can get pretty close with a CS 56 or similar Strat. The 57AVRI or MiM Classic 50s should get in the ballpark, too.
 

Guitarworks

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I believe Buddy's sister is the one controlling that kind of thing, and she's VERY protective of her brother's name, and things associated to it.
It's likely that Fender runs into this quite a bit. They want to make a tribute model, but reach an impasse and cannot agree on terms with the people in charge of the estate for one reason or another. In Buddy's case, you can get pretty close if not spot on with a 2-tone SB 50s reissue, I would think.
 

JamesT

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ash body maple neck 50s vintage /mild pickups. you also need a "fender" amp something like the deluxe reverb issue one. but i would rather have an early 70s silver face one.
 

treeofpain

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Funny how others can ink a deal with Holly's estate, but Fender can't. Same situation with Hendrix's estate...we have a DigiTech pedal but no Hendrix Strat?
 

Ampegged

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I believe Buddy's sister is the one controlling that kind of thing, and she's VERY protective of her brother's name, and things associated to it.
It is his wife that is VERY protective of the name, at least as far as money goes....
 




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