Does the serial number have any special significance? Maybe. This guitar was reported to have once belonged to Arthur Smith of "Guitar Boogie" fame. Smith told current owner Paul Wells that while he did receive a Strat from Fender's East Coast representative in the early days, he couldn't confirm that this is it.
"My TV show was out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Fender representative-I don't remember his name-was a big fan, and he said that every time Fender built something new, he wanted me to have one of the first ones," remembered Smith. The very earliest production Stratocasters-from about April through the early summer of '54-had "mini-skirt" knobs of a brittle plastic often mislabeled Bakelite, round (not oval) holes on the tremolo spring cover plate, serial numbers on the cover plate rather than on the neck plate, and they came in curve-sided cases.
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