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Vintage fender expert help request

kirkw

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I'll upload photos once I get to work.

How common is it to have George Fullerton and "special" handwritten in the neck pocket of a 67 fender?

I've seen the Leo stamp, this ain't that for sure.

So until the pics get uploaded tell me your knowledge of George putting his name in the neck pocket.

Kirk
 

Flogger59

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George was VP of production until 1970, so it is possible. i met him the year that the George Fullerton Strat was launched, forearms like Popeye and a grip of steel. Pretty good for a guy in his 80's.
 

kirkw

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As VP of production, his role would have been vast. I'm wondering how/why he found the time to either play or work on this guitar. And why "special".

Pics are uploading to photobucket as we speak!!
 

treeofpain

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It's possible that it was an artist endorsee guitar and that George Fullerton was involved. Maybe he was with the artist when they picked out the body, and he wrote on it to keep it separated from regular production instruments.

If this is the case, it would be cool to know the artist who owned it.
 

kirkw

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It's such a cool guitar.
I've been a long time fan of casinos. But when taking this apart to clean/inspect it I found stuff that just blew me away.
The bridge is THICK, the feet on the bridge are metal, not ebony or rosewood, the tailpiece is heavy and stout!!

It was a 1 owner guitar, and he was a home player, never gigged it.
It's got neck wear and body checking but that's it!
 

Flogger59

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It's possible that it was an artist endorsee guitar and that George Fullerton was involved. Maybe he was with the artist when they picked out the body, and he wrote on it to keep it separated from regular production instruments.

If this is the case, it would be cool to know the artist who owned it.
It could have been a NAMM or other trade show instrument, too.
 

jimshine

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It could have been a NAMM or other trade show instrument, too.
I have seen Coronados (and other period Fenders) for NAMM and they are embossed with a "NAMM" stamp on the body and neck. There are also many that were to used as sales samples and artist gifts embossed with "Special" on the neck and sometimes the body.

My guess? George wanted a Coronado, either for himself or to give away and selected the body he wanted. Unlike a standard finish, being natural one would tend to be a little picky about the grain and look of a particular piece of wood.
 






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