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1955 ORIG BOBBY LEWIS FENDER STRATOCASTER
Bobby Lewis got this 1955 Strat from Billy Davis that got it from Leo Fender for promotional use in 1955
This is reported the 1st Fender Stratocaster Jimmy Hendrix Ever Touched when Jimi was 15 years old!
THIS MITE BE THE MOST FAMOUS STRAT YOU CAN BUY EVER ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW< RIGHT HERE
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THIS GUITAR WAS SLATTED FOR THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CLEVELAND THIS FALL 2010
IT WAS PLAYED AND USED AND MANY FAMOUS SONGS IN THE 1960'S. TOSSIN N TURNING IS THE 5th ALL TIME #1 HIT EVER... STILL TO THE DAY
THIS IS THAT STRAT BOBBY USED ON THAT HIT. CALL (218) 879-3796 ON INFO:
THIS IS PART OF FENDER HISTORY...
You see the second video, this guitar is the ONE on that Hit... That song every person on earth has heard on radio, or TV.. Cool, Kool, MORE K@@L.....
Bobby himself painted over the original tobacco burst finish with Schwinn bicycle paint in the 60s because he thought it looked 'pimpy'
This is the actual guitar Bobby recorded the #1 song of all of 1961 one on- 'Tossin' and Turnin''- with its signature guitar hook
Not only a GREAT playing, GREAT sounding guitar (the Fender masterbuilders believe this to be the best sounding treble pickup in any strat they've ever heard. Period)...
It's a piece of rock and roll history.
It is currently slated to be put on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in the fall!
The Billy Davis Years
One of the finest guitar players of Rock and Roll�s Golden Age was Billy Davis. Billy was lead guitarist with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, was guitarist and arranger for Jackie Wilson, and was influential in the guitar playing career of Jimi Hendrix. Today, at 67, Billy still thrills the crowds in and around Detroit with his great blues band The Billy Davis Rhythm Machine.
In Billy�s words�.
�In 1956, Hank Ballard and I visited the Fender Guitar headquarters near Los Angeles. They gave us a beautiful Fender Stratocaster Guitar for promotional use. I loved that guitar! I played it on many Hank Ballard and the Midnighters hit songs including �Finger Poppin� Time,� �The Twist,� and �Let�s Go, Let�s Go, Let�s Go.� That guitar helped us to become the first group to have three hits in the Top 40 at the same time. That guitar was the first Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix ever touched. He asked me to show it to him when he was 15 years old and we were doing a show in his hometown of Seattle.
One day in early 1960, I was on a bus tour with Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Ike and Tina Turner, Bobby Lewis, Baby Washington and a few others. Unfortunately, I got into a dice game with some of the guys and I lost all my money. It was so bad that I didn�t have money for food at the next stop. I asked Bobby Lewis if he wanted to buy my Stratocaster. I had two guitars, so I would still have the other to play at our next show. Bobby reached into his pocket and all he had was $75. I groaned a little, but I took the $75 and gave Bobby his new guitar.�
In Bobby�s words�.
�After recording �Tossin� and Turnin� with it, that Stratocaster and I knocked around for over 40 years as we traveled thousands of Rock and Roll miles together. Today, although I�m older and the guitar is only 55, I look better than it does. I mended it when it broke, painted it when it looked tired, and installed a few attachments that I needed along the way. It served me well, playing all the Rock and Roll it could
8-55 NECK DATE
5-55 BODY DATE
6-3-55 Mary ON MASKING TAPE ON CONTROL CAVITY
33rd WEEK 1955 POTS
8664 NECK SER#
6-1/2lbs As can see the finish was about worn off then painted the Gold, inside still orig finish
The neck finish GLOWS, but slight overspray. Bobby used flat wounds all them years. As we speak it was over hauled by John Cruz at the Fender Custom Shop. Where another pickguard, knobs, tip and 2 pickup covers put on. 5 way added. It comes with most of orig parts, but the Strat was set up and it is use for Playing out. GREAT BELL Tone, Vibe that will take you back in Time Folks. I mean Jimi Hendrix 1st Strat He ever touched, and Played. The fEnder Custom Shop took over 300 pictures, Abby looked at it. The history, the Stories, The Music this Gem gave us All is unreal... I am blessed to get it, I mean this is History....
Pickups are Orig windings....
A work of art. A piece of Rock and Roll history.
The Fender Corporation has decided to build 100 exact replicas of the Billy Davis/Bobby Lewis/Gunnar Nelson Stratocaster. The guitar that thrilled audiences across America for fifty years will be immortalized forever. Abigail Ybarra, who built guitars for Fender in the 1950s, will be asked to come back and work on the replicas.
Jim Henke, curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, will be putting the Bobby Lewis Strat prominently on display beginning in the fall of 2010.