I have played that guitar. I worked for Experience Music Project (now "MoPop") in Seattle, and was in the room where this guitar was first unpacked after being purchased at auction. It definitely wasn't an exceptional example of 68 strat. If someone handed it to you off the rack at Gruhn's or something, you'd put it back and keep browsing. Still, I felt very fortunate to handle it, and play it (very gently)..
Most were being sold (not all) and not Iconic apart from one or two, the Woodstock white Strat and I didn't get to play it but I did handle it. The nut was all over the place with the spacing. The left hand conversion looked like it was done by a four year old.
Makes sense. Building techniques keep on improving and CNC eliminates for a lot of human error.Jimi played new guitars and amps and the "Woodstock" strat is a pretty ordinary strat.
Even the most iconic guitars are usually more about sentiment than instrument IME. The guitars I own are the best guitars I have ever played there are plenty out there as good but none better. If you want to play the best of the best you have to forget about history and sentiment or do what I did and make your own versions that fix the shortcomings of the originals or in some cases just stumble upon examples that have no issues and buy those. Oh and the best guitars that have ever been made are being made now.
He played like what, 0.13 strings? I'm amazed it was playable at all.That was a great episode of that show. Guy got a nice piece of change for that guitar! Just the idea of it being on so many records is intriguing. When the Play It Loud exhibit was at the Met in NYC I went and spent hours just staring at everything on display. Seeing SRVs guitar up close was a high point. This thing was beat to shit and every scratch and road wound had a story to itself. Something tells me this thing wasn’t easy to play. lol
Sad. Still remember hearing the news on the radio (yeah we listened to the radio back then lol). I was devastated. Such a loss. Anyway seeing this guitar up close was an experience.The crazy thing for me is that more time has gone by since SRV's death than the guitar was old when he died.