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Strat Collector

A Fender Custom Shop Master Built Experience

Special Feature by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, January 2004

EVERYONE WHO grew up with "rock 'n' roll" during the 50s and 60s in the United States understood its message. Rebellion. The music served as ...

State of the Vintage Strat 2004: Four U.S. Experts Share Their Opinions

Overview by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2004

WHILE AUTOMOBILES were designed to be driven, coins designed to be spent, and stamps designed for licking, such items have come to be valued and ...

How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster, Part One

Guide by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2004

THE ARTICLE BELOW is not about collectible Stratocasters, vintage or otherwise. The information is provided in response to a frequently asked question: How in the ...

Eric Clapton Turns 59

Profile by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, March 2004

I see myself as kind of being like a lone guy on a quest.– Eric Clapton1 ...

How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster Part Two: New Instruments

Guide by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, April 2004

THE THRESHOLD questions considered in Part One of How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster were: What is your budget? and What purpose will the instrument ...

The Stratocaster Chronicles by Tom Wheeler

Book Review by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2005

Apart from the weight of its own history, the Strat abides.– Tom Wheeler, The Stratocaster Chronicles ...

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