We are very excited to be offering up this very rare Todd Krause Masterbuilt SRV 'Lenny' Stratocaster. As can be seen from the extensive photographs, this guitar has been kept in collectors grade condition, with it still retaining the original plastic film covering the flight case, and all of the COA and accessories. These guitars are very hard to come by (185 made total), and certainly do not come up for sale often. This is a rare chance to own a painstakingly accurate replication of one of Stevie's most well known guitars.
Weight: 7.734 Ibs
A SHORT HISTORY BEHIND THE ORIGINAL 'LENNY' STRATOCASTER
Information courtesy of 'GroundGuitar',
'This guitar first caught Stevie’s attention around 1979, when he went with a couple of friends to a pawnshop in Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, it cost $350, and he couldn’t afford it at that time.
That however didn’t stop his wife, Lenora, who talked to a couple of Stevie’s friends to cash in $50 each, so they could give it to him as a birthday present. The plan worked out, and they presented the guitar to Stevie on October 3rd, 1980 at Steamboat Springs – a nightclub he often played at.
The guitar was originally a 3-tone sunburst maple-neck model with a rosewood fingerboard. It was refinished by the previous owner with a dark natural color, and it had an early 1900s mandolin-style pickguard inlayed behind the bridge, on top of the body.
Sometime in 1981, Stevie decided to replace the neck with the mid-’50s-style maple neck. He kept the tremolo arm and pickups but added the Mighty Mite “toilet seat” saddles on the bridge, and his signature and initials on the neck plate and pickguard.
This guitar also has Mickey Mantle’s autograph on the back of the body, who signed it on April 10, 1985, when Vaughan was invited to play the national anthem at the Houston Astros season opener at the Houston Astrodome.'
This guitar was famously used to record Lenny, which is one of SRV's most popular songs. He used to always take it on the road with him and use it for that song, which was a tribute to his wife. Besides his Number 1 Stratocaster, the Lenny strat is his second most well known guitar.
These are photos of the actual guitar!