custom shop strat help...

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  1. dwes

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    A buddy is selling a strat for one of his pals. It's a mint 1995 custom shop strat in sherwood green with a super flamey neck, tweed case and paperwork. I want it - badly...

    Q: Anyone have a going rate on these?

    Thanks kindly,

    Dave
     
  2. Dana

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    Might be a Cunetto. Is the CS logo a decal or stamped into the back of the headstock?

    Pictures would REALLY help.
     
  3. dwes

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    Thanks Dana,

    I don't think I have pic of the back of the headstock. Does this help at all?

    Dave

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    It would only be a "Cunetto" if it were reliced, as Vince only did the relicing. That appears to be a very nice standard CS "60s" Strat in a rare color.
     
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    pjwill, I appreciate you jumping in... Do you have any idea what this thing's worth? I've searched gBase, eBay and google...don't see much like it.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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    When you mean paperwork, are you referring to the Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity?
     
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    Yes. The asking price is $1700. Seems fair to me, but I'm not well versed in Fenders.
    Thanks!
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    Anyone else?
    Your input is appreicated!
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    Sorry, but you really need to see the back of the headstock - if it is Custom Shop (at least the neck, anyway), it will say so.
     
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    I picked it up. It has a custom shop decal on the back of the headstock with RM001. The RM001 matches the COA from July 1995 signed by John Page. The model is a Custom 1960 Stratocaster.

    It appears that the gold plated trem is a Wilkinson.

    Any & all input would be great.

    Dave
     
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    a typical NOS goes for about $1500

    with the gold hardware and flamey neck, $1700 is not
    unreasonable, that is a very nice looking guitar

    the price fair
     
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    Here are pics of the COA and decal. Any info or internet references would be super. What is "RM" on the serial number???
    I bought the guitar. It's beautiful. My friend, lpflametop here, knows his stuff but is more of a Gibson guy. Just hoping a Fender enthusiast can now point me in the direction of sorting out what exactly this is...they've made a lot of custom shop and reissue type guitars.
    Thanks.

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    Beautiful guitar. Congrats!

    The only thing that seems slightly odd to me is that the pickguard doesn't have the usual screw arrangement for a 1960 model, but rather '65-onwards.
     
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  16. Dana

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    Yep, as soon as I saw the pics I realized it wasn't a Cunetto. Since he said it was a mid 90's Fender Custom Shop with a flamey neck (and no pictures were posted at the time) I took a guess.

    It's still a very nice strat.
     
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    Sorry, Dana...did mean to knock your answer...I see where you were going.

    This is an early CS guitar that was produced prior to the Time Machine series, under John Page's watch at the Custom Shop...Very nice guitars. The "1960 Stratocaster" was a fairly common one. They did not pay a lot of detail to exact specs. For example, I believe that they had modern fret board radius and larger frets...could also explain the pickguard screw placement note being to spec. As far as value goes, my best advise would be to check completed ebay listing, however, you may not find many of these earlier CS models on ebay. That said, I would think that $1700 would be a place to start..likely on the high end.
     
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    Thanks so much!
    Very helpful.
    TGP...love it.
    Dave
     
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    I registered and posted on the Fender Forum, but wanted to keep this going here for another day.

    Does anyone know what the "RM" means in the serial number? I've seen other 1995's on eBay completed (thanks pjwill !) But, none of them had the letters on the headstock or cert.

    Best,
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    Weekend info bump.

    Any other info would be great. I posted in The Fender Forum. It was suggested that the "RM" may have been the initials of the person whom originally ordered the guitar. I also emailed Fender Customer Relations.

    Thanks!
    Dave
     

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