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Also used during the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio sessions with Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, and during the very early days of the Allman Brothers Band. This guitar has a rosewood neck, black pickguard, and matching pickup covers and volume/tone control knobs. Duane gave it to Delaney Bramlett in 1970. He would often show up with the guitar, which Delaney loved to play, when he would jam with Delaney and Bonnie. It was part of the band’s arsenal, sometimes played by Dickey Betts, as late as February 1970. Delaney played this guitar at Duane’s Funeral on Nov. 1, 1971. According the the current owner, who very kind to provide us with these details, the guitar now has a white pickguard and pickup covers.more
“Early on, I got the Stratocaster - in fact it was the first one I ever saw. It’s supposed to have been the first Strat brought into Ireland. The guy who had it before me was in a show band and he ordered a red one. They actually sent a sunburst so he decided to wait for a red one to arrive, and I had the sunburst - it was luxury! It was easy to play from the start and I’ve kept it ever since - in fact it’s getting better! I’ve had to take the neck off occasionally and dry it out – it was getting damp with doing so many gigs and I started to have tuning problems. The pots have gone and the pick-ups have been rewound and things like that. The tremolo arm is broken - but other than that it’s still in one piece! It’s a ‘61 model and it has a very flat kind of neck. Although they were making the bodies out of Alder and Ash, somebody said mine is actually Maple - which is really a one off! It was in good condition when I bought it, but it’s got so battered now it’s got a kind of tattoo quality about it. There’s now a theory that the less paint or varnish on a guitar, acoustic or electric, the better. The wood breathes more. But it’s all psychological. I just like the sound of it. ‘It’s also a good luck thing. It was stolen one time and it came back It’s kind of a lucky charm; the guitar is a part of me. BB King might have several Lucilles, but I’ve only got the one Strat. I don’t even call it a woman’s name. It’s what it is. I still play it every day, I just love playing it.”more
In this video, Kenny talks about his 61 Strat. The guitar is also mentioned on Kenny's [official site](http://www.kennywayneshepherd.net/about/gear/100-kenny-s-1961-fender-stratocaster) they write about this guitar saying "This guitar is 'THE ONE'. Every guitar player dreams of finding that one guitar that they pick up one day and it fits like a glove. This is that guitar for KWS. Kenny describes it as an extension of his own body. He loves all of his guitars, but they all take a back seat to this one."more
On Matt Schofield's [website](http://mattschofield.com/gear/), he writes, "For 10 years, my 1961 Fender Stratocaster was the guitar I played on every gig. All original, except for a refret with 6100 wire, a five way switch with the tone knob wired to the bridge pickup, and replacement vintage style saddles. It’s had a few different pickups in it over the years, but is now back to stock. It’s my benchmark guitar, and has been used on every record I have made."more