Dating a fender guitar case
The Tribute Strats come with a flight case stenciled "SRV - Number One," a red gig bag modeled after Stevie's, a replica of the black leather strap with white music notes, and a documentation folder containing the certificate signed by Cruz, a photo of Stevie with Number One, a copy of the El Mocambo DVD, a Fender Custom Shop DVD of the night they inspected Number One, and a tube of Rene Martinez' Graphit-all.(I do not make copies of the DVD for anyone, so please do not ask.)My initial impressions: excellent tone, love the fat neck, and it's lighter than I expected.
If you have personal knowledge of a sale, I would be interested to hear what the price was, and when.: JC044 was sold during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Auction on June 24, 2004, for almost $42,000.Given the factors involved in that sale, I thought it would be unlikely anyone could get that amount in a private sale.It looks great, but there are some things about 25 years of wear that no one has accurately mimicked.This should be the closest anyone will come to copying the weight, dimensions and electronics of Number One, because no one else has had access to the real thing from which to copy the specifications.The value of Number One nearly tripled within months of its release, but I don't see Lenny being met with that kind of demand.
UPDATE: I hope you didn't buy one when they first went on sale.
The Fender Custom Shop made 235 replicas of Stevie's "Lenny" guitar (185 for the U. market, 50 overseas) that went on sale in mid-December, 2007, at a price of $17,000 each.
"Lenny" was purchased by Guitar Center in the 2004 Crossroads guitar auction benifitting Eric Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua for $623,500. It will be interesting to see how Fender does with these guitars.
When I toured the Fender factory in California in 2001, there was discussion about a possible limited edition Custom Shop replica of Number One.
At that time, it was suggested that there might be as few as four replicas made.
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.