Dating stratocaster serial
It is my understanding that sales of the Number One guitars worked like this: Fender sold them to their top dealers (in this case by a lottery system due to the high demand) who can resell them to customers (or not).
All 100 of the guitars were sold at the 2004 NAMM convention to Fender dealers.
These guitars have serial numbers, but they are NOT serialized 1 through 100.
Each guitar John Cruz makes, regardless what kind of guitar, gets the next serial number in line. I do not see it as different from any other product - where there is a demand, someone is going to fill it.
I believe the first Tribute Strat is JC044 and the last JC229. Stevie's guitar is one of the most easily identifiable, famous guitars in history, and folks other than Fender have made dozens of replicas of Number One at prices from several hundred to five thousand dollars.
He mentioned to me that Jimmie was getting three of the guitars. Replicas of Stevie's Hamiltone have sold for up to 00, I'm told.
When I toured the Fender factory in California in 2001, there was discussion about a possible limited edition Custom Shop replica of Number One.
If you have personal knowledge of a sale, I would be interested to hear what the price was, and when.
Lenny is certainly nowhere near the iconic guitar that Number One is.
With the significantly higher price and production number, it is difficult to imagine it will share in the immediate appreciation that Number One experienced.
The Charley replicas sold for 00, and are now selling for 00 if you can find one. Fender's Custom Shop employs some of the best craftsman in the business, and it is not unusual for their guitars to sell for thousands of dollars due to the number of hours spent handcrafting each guitar.
It is certainly not unusual for artwork to sell for ,000, and that's one way to look at this guitar.