Johnny Meeks – 1965 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, made in USA, ser. no. L5xxx9; Finish: Dakota red, refinish, minor checking, various light blemishes; Fretboard: maple, rare maple cap with “A” nut width stamp; Frets: generally good, but with visible dent wear to the first position; Electrics: working, green bottom pickups appear original, cloth wire to original CRL three-way switch and pots which all appear to date to 1965, areas of resoldering, replaced capacitor; Hardware: earlier type green guard scratchplate, original screw holes visible on body underneath the plate, tin backing shield with holes in the correct place for year, so most likely original to the guitar, two replaced pickup covers, replaced decal; Case: 1960s Fender hard case; Overall condition: fair
* Originally owned by USA guitarist Johnny Meeks ( 16 April 1937 – 30 July 2015, a former member of Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps. A longtime member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Blue Caps in 2012. He was an accomplished guitarist who played on several Gene Vincent tracks, including “Lotta Lovin'” and “Say Mama,” which Meeks wrote. When the Blue Caps broke up in late 1958, Meeks joined the Tune Toppers, followed by the Champs. He went on to perform with Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and former Monkee Michael Nesmith.
This guitar is sold with a copy of facsimile documentation dating to 1997. Written by Meeks, it states that he sold the guitar to a friend, a Mr. Jackson, for a favourable sum of $2000 and that he was “hurt and disappointed” that Mr Jackson had sold it on. Also included it a facsimile copy of a picture showing Meeks with the guitar, also signed “To Peter Johnson, Keep on Rockin, Johnny Meeks ‘Blue Caps’ guitar, 6 April ’97”. It is thought that Meeks made a custom order to have Fender make this guitar for him with an ‘A’ width maple cap neck
Estimate £3000 – 5000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)
Sold for £3800 (14th June 2018)