Yessir, this guitar was a source of some contention here at Southern Elk headquarters, mainly due to its color. When I had it on the bench, detailing it out, the "One Who Must Not Be Named" casually strode through the shop and remarked, "That's pretty, kinda like Pretty in Pink" and folks, she said this with a smirk. Well, I couldn't hope to retain my manhood if I let that remark slide, so I disagreed (vehemently) and that turned into how much I overreacted to a joke and how deeply wrong I was. Still, I proudly held my ground and once again find myself in the doghouse. Screw it- I have air-conditioning and a fridge in there, so whatever.
The second "disagreement" that raised its head over the color was when I photographed the guitar. My ever-trusty Sony DSC-F717 with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens repeatedly insisted that the guitar was Torino Red, but my opinion was that it was actually Razz Berry, Fender color code 84. Well, looking at the photos, you might think that the color is Torino red, but the single exterior picture I took suggests a horse of a different color. Trust me, I spent the good part of an hour on Xhefri's Guitars website trying to dial this thing in (you can imagine my excitement when I thought I had a "Bob" body, only to discover that it's actually a flatter, Corona body. You know- the little things like that still make this fun.
Now to condition; This Strat's fairly clean and still in very good condition. You'll see pictured the most egregious imperfections- there's a small patch of dings on the back at the butt of the guitar, there is a noticeable ding on the back of the upper horn at the edge and there is a small patch of light belt squiggles on the back of the guitar in front of the trem cavity cover. The frets are still very nice with no grooving or visible playwear and the Rosewood fretboard very nicely compliments the color of the guitar..
Ultimately, if you consider the very rare color and completeness of the package, I think you'll agree that we have a true gem here in the world of Strat Pluses. We have several clients that are fans of this series of Strats, so hopefully, this guitar will find its way into a collection of fellow Pluses. Or, I can always hang it up here to remind me how much I can still live without Molly Ringwald and that movie she made back in '86.
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