Fender Limited Edition Reverse Proto Strat

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Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Reverse Proto Stratocaster – Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka 2006, one of only 100 made

One of only 100 made by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka. The original Reverse Proto was designed in 1979 and is significant as it was the first Artist instrument to come out of Fender Custom shop. Although Jimi Hendrix had died a decade or so earlier, the Reverse Proto was inspired by his white late 1960’s Strat, and featured the reverse headstock Hendrix made famous, although this time, mated to a right-handed body.

The guitar never saw production, as the Hendrix estate did not offer their support, and with the exception of a small number of prototypes the Proto was shelved. Stevie Ray Vaughan had one though – forever guaranteeing a place in Fender history and Folklore. Today, John Mayer (SRV and Hendrix fan, himself) is the model’s most notable proponent; his own original ’79 Reverse Proto was used as the blueprint in the recreation of the model.

This Reverse Proto Stratocaster Master-built guitar features a two-piece select alder body with a vintage white finish that has been given the “Closet Classic” treatment-built as if bought new in its respective model year, played maybe a few times a year and then carefully put away. It has a few small dings, a mildly checked finish, lightly oxidized hardware, and aged plastic parts.

The one-piece maple neck has a reverse, late ’60s-style large headstock with the word “Proto” stamped on the back and ’70s F tuning machines. Features include a matching belly-cut contour on the front of the body, a ’70s-stylecast bridge with cast saddles, three Custom ’69 grey bobbin single-coil pickups, a late ’70s-style thin black-and-gold serialized logo decal, and early ’80s-style “F”-stamped neck plate with black plastic gasket.

It comes with a limited-edition black hardshell case, special Custom Shop limited edition certificate, and DVD interview with Master Builder Dennis Galuszka


  • Model Number: 151-9001-841
  • Series: Custom Shop Limited Edition Series
  • Colors: (841) Vintage White, (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Body: Select Alder Body with Reverse “Belly
  • Cut” Contour on Front of Body
  • Neck: One Piece C-Shaped Maple Neck with Reverse, Large, ’60s Style Headstock, (Vintage Tinted Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25” Radius (184 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • Pickups: 3 Custom ‘69 Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Grey Bobbins
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1.
  • Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup,
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Vintage ‘70s Style Cast Tremolo Bridge with Cast Saddles
  • Machine Heads: Fender Schaller “F” Style
  • Chrome Tuning Keys
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650” (42 mm)

Special Neck Shape with Reversed, Large, ’60s Style Headstock, Reverse “Belly-Cut” Contour on Front of Body, Late ‘70s Thin Black and Gold Serialized Logo Decal, Aged White Plastic Parts, ‘80s Style “F” Stamped Neck Plate with Black Plastic Gasket, Limited Edition Certificate, Limited Edition Case

Accessories: Deluxe Black Hardshell Case (Black Interior), Strap, Cable, DVD Interview with Dennis Galuszka

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