Tony acquired this Fender 1962 Reissue P Bass new in 2006. It’s been a fun bass for him and he has played it a lot, mostly at home. This was Tony’s “go to bass” for writing, for stamina building and warming up, and simply good fun. This was also Tony’s “Motown” bass, and he usually had it set up with a foam mute under the strings near the bridge. This would create an instant Jamerson sound. It is set up Jamerson-style with LaBella Deep Talkin’ Bass Strings 0760 Original Oldies. Bob Babbitt from the Motown Funk Brothers played it at the Fender 60th Anniversary Concert in Anaheim and he also signed it. This comes with a detailed letter from Tony and a photo of Tony with the bass. Please inquire for price.
The bass was made for Tony Franklin by the Fender Custom Shop in 2000, by Master Builder Todd Krause. Todd has built instruments for Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Roger Waters, to name but a few. The bass is an exact replica of Tony’s “Firm” Fretless P Bass, except this has an ebony fingerboard, and is sunburst, not black. Tony has used it on many many gigs and sessions between 2000 and 2011. The fingerboard was resurfaced in 2011. This bass is a “One Off”.
1957 Fender Stratocaster, left handed. This guitar was owned by Jimi Hendrix, and famously swapped with the legendary Steve Stills after the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival! This is the actual guitar that you may have read about. It was the property of Steve Stills for many years and he was photographed with it and described the history in a 1979 issue of Songwriter Magazine, 1979 issue of International Musician And Recording Wolrd, and 1976 Guitar Player. so its provenance is perfect. Apparently, Jimi had bought this guitar as it was a lefty (he bought a few Strats on route to Monterey), but preferred the regular right-handed models, as he could buy them in any town. He suggested that as Stills had a used right-handed model himself, that they swap, then both could experience the delights of playing an upside down Strat! So that’s what happened, and after Hendrix’s death Steve Stills could not bring himself to look at the guitar for many years. Its in the same condition as when Hendrix had it, and sports a very old blond re- finish. This is your only chance to score a 1950′s lefty Strat that was used by Jimi Hendrix, and Steve Stills! It comes with full history and letters including a letter from the author of the 1979 Songwriter Magazine article copies of the magazine articles. Please call for info and price.
This is one of two Stratocasters made for Eric Clapton by the great luthier J.W. Black of the Fender Custom Shop, who sent them out to Eric on a U.S. tour in the late ’90s. This was made in May of ’98. It has Eric’s name set in at the 12th fret on a block of Abalone and is finished in 2-tone sunburst with a flame maple top. It has three lace sensor pickups, a stunning maple neck with abalone dot markers, all gold hardware, and comes in a hardshell Fender case. The serial number is 98-1. The mate to this guitar (Cherry Burst) was sold in Christie’s 1999 Eric Clapton Guitar Auction. We sold the Cherry Burst two years ago.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s 1991 Fender Stratocaster in Burgundy Mist. Yngwie used and abused this guitar! There is heavy playing wear and the trem arm has been snapped off. The headstock has a repaired crack as well. Signed by Yngwie on the body and it comes with a photo of Yngwie with the guitar. The trem arm, one of his picks, and allen wrench are all in the hard case. Also included is a letter from Yngwie’s friend, whom he sold the guitar to.