This guitar, as you see has a neck date of Oct, 1995 but wasn't assembled 'till early 1996. I always go by the neck stamp, so in this case it would have started its life in 1995 but if you wanna say 1996, well, knock off a dollar.
This Strat weighs exactly 7 lbs, 10 oz and with it being a 1956 Strat reissue, you would think it has a huge baseball bat sized neck, but it's not like that at all. The neck is a medium "C" shape with measurements of 0.82" at the 1st fret and 0.94" at the 12th. The date coding on the back of the neck heel indicates that this guitar was made on 10-18-1995 . The final inspection was done by H. Montes, hence the reason his name is also stamped on the heel.
All of the required body stamps that identify this Stratocaster as a Cunetto relic are present and accounted for and the guitar sounds fantastic. Trust me when I say Lee put a couple of vintage Fender Tweeds through their paces and I think we all enjoyed that little session a good bit.
The rarity and collectibility of this Strat are assured from the first time you hold it. It's an exceptionally easy guitar to fall in love with, so in that spirit, it's time to put it into the hands of a guitarist that deserves and wants it. Please feel free to call or email with any questions and thanks as always for stopping by the Land of the Elks!