Fender Stratocaster (American Standard, 1991) $700

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This early example of an American Standard Stratocaster is all original except for the application of burger-alarm tape in the cavity to reduce hum and the addition of two mini switches—the first a kill switch for the middle pickup and the second a middle position phase switch to increase the guitar’s tonal flexibility. Finished in a bright and vibrant lapis blue finish, this guitar has little fretwear and only a few pick swirls on the ‘guard. For a 22-year-old instrument, it has an almost unscathed body and neck. It’s also remarkably resonant; tap your knuckle against the upper bout and listen to the guitar ring like a divine doorbell. Tonally, this Strat delivers the goods, whether you’re spraying flurries of Hendrix-inspired upper-register snarl or strangling the big strings on your favorite surf tune (personally, we like the Dick Dale-Stevie Ray Vaughan version of “Pipeline,” but all votes for the Pyramids’ “Penetration” will also be counted). It would also make a swell country guitar, with sparkle, snarl, and spank a-plenty. Comes with original plastic Fender logo case (middle latch is broken, but the case is otherwise fully functional and secure). $700.

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This early example of an American Standard Stratocaster is all original except for the application of burger-alarm tape in the cavity to reduce hum and the addition of two mini switches—the first a kill switch for the middle pickup and the second a middle position phase switch to increase the guitar’s tonal flexibility. Finished in a bright and vibrant lapis blue finish, this guitar has little fretwear and only a few pick swirls on the ‘guard. For a 22-year-old instrument, it has an almost unscathed body and neck. It’s also remarkably resonant; tap your knuckle against the upper bout and listen to the guitar ring like a divine doorbell. Tonally, this Strat delivers the goods, whether you’re spraying flurries of Hendrix-inspired upper-register snarl or strangling the big strings on your favorite surf tune (personally, we like the Dick Dale-Stevie Ray Vaughan version of “Pipeline,” but all votes for the Pyramids’ “Penetration” will also be counted). It would also make a swell country guitar, with sparkle, snarl, and spank a-plenty. Comes with original plastic Fender logo case (middle latch is broken, but the case is otherwise fully functional and secure). $700.