Fender 1980 Hendrix Strat, did they sell them?

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  1. Kinghat Guitars

    Kinghat Guitars Member

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    Did they actually put these on the market? I saw where they may have given a few to a Texas dealer. The reason I ask, I have found a guitar with a reverse headstock, with a CAxxxxx serial #. I am nearly positive the neck and body did not start off life together. Here are some pics:
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    What exactly have I found? I know that the CA serial belonged to early 80s Gold Strats, but I can't find any evidence online of reverse headstocks. I am wondering if I have stumbled onto a neck from a 1980 Hendrix model.
     
  2. Kinghat Guitars

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    Also it does have body end strut rod adjustment
     
  3. jetydosa

    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    Definitely not the right tuners?
    That pawnshop (assuming its a Cash America) has $290 in the guitar.
     
  4. Kinghat Guitars

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    Can you tell by the tag or something? Yeah, the tuners are lockers and half-jacked looking.
     
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    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    YEah Cash America Pawn (and maybe others) use code MARYLOUISE to record what theyve paid for the guitar, where M=1, A=2, etc to E=0. Keep that in mind when negoitating :)
     
  6. Mibeaulieu

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    I think the hendrix 80 strats started with S. Not CA. Here is a link to one: http://www.modernguitars.com/testlog/largehead.gif

    From what I read, there were between 4 and 25 of the 1980 Strats made and they were all sold to a TX dealer. If it was a 1980 there should be a prototype stamp on the back.
     
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    This seems to be a "for export" model meaning for sale outside the US.
     
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    What's the deal with the huge blurry pics? How 'bout a pic of the entire guitar? It's hard to tell anything about what I can see but a serial no. starting with CA used to denote a special edition model, I think.
     
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  10. Kinghat Guitars

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    The guitar is still at the pawnshop, and the more I look at it the more I am convinced it is one of the 25 Hendrix necks. If I removed the neck, would there be any identifying marks?
     
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    Yeah, that serial number doesn't seem to match that headstock style or body color that should go with it. I'm no expert, but I'd be a little suspect of the neck plate not having any Fender insignia on it too. Its hard to tell from the pics, but I'd bet on it being a clever sticker job on a cheap guitar. But like I said, I'm far from being an expert. You've obviously been watching it for quite a while; if its got a good price and it plays well, pick it up. You'll either have a guitar you like to play or a hidden prize.
     
  12. Bob Pollock

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    Yup, and SRV had one of them.
     

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