Guitar Highlights: George Fullerton’s 1954 Stratocaster
A few months ago, there we all stood; awestruck as we opened a mint tweed case and thrilled as we studied what was inside. We are honored to have this opportunity, and lucky to write about this very special instrument recently added to our inventory. This is George Fullerton’s 1954 Fender Stratocaster, a one-of-a-kind piece of history.
George Fullerton was the Vice President of Production for Fender Musical Instruments. This Stratocaster was made as a gift for him, and it is truly like no other. The insane flame on this one-piece Ash body is coupled with an equally flamed maple neck and matching Sunburst headstock. Past its clear physical beauty, this guitar also features a few unique appointments. These pickup covers are original Black bakelite prototypes, and this special control plate positions the volume and tone knobs closer to the edge of the body than a standard production Strat. This plate is made of “camera case” plastic and was designed to allow easier playing for Mr. Fullerton, due to his larger hands. The guitar also features chrome instead of nickel-plated hardware, something that is completely unique to this Fender instrument.
As the story goes, Mr. Fullerton was gifted this guitar by Fender employees for creating the Stratocaster production line, therefore ensuring more hours of employment for those building the new model. Under the pickguard, you will find special markings including Mr. Fullerton’s initials and the production date of the guitar. This Stratocaster is virtually unplayed and still retains its original center pocket tweed case which is also in incredible condition. We are fortunate to have several books that show Mr. Fullerton with this guitar as well as a grainy video of Mr. Fullerton discussing it.
The price of ownership for this museum-quality guitar with bulletproof provenance is not for the faint of heart, but we promise that you will definitely be the only kid on your block that has one! For more information, give us a call at 516.221.0563.