John Mayer uses this specific guitar in many performances. He confirms that this guitar is a 1964 Fender Stratocaster in this video interview. This Stratocaster is in a 3-tone sunburst color and has a tortoise-shell pickguard. At around the 2:23-second mark John talks about this guitar: "The '64 sounds incredible and it's just harder to play, but when you achieve playing on it, you feel very good. 'Cause you can hand that guitar to somebody and they'll be like "I don't like this guitar" but well it sounds great but it's harder to play."more
"This guitar has “it.” You know how when you plug in a Strat, switch on the neck pickup, and play the G string at the 12th fret, you know right away if it’s got that beautiful tubular tone? Not too skinny, not too bright, but not dead. I plugged it in, played two notes, and I went, “Oh, this is it.” The ’61 sunburst Strat does not have that lead-guitar thing, but it has better rhythm sound than this one. That’s why I got both. I thought, “For one or two or three songs, these are gonna be the perfect guitars.”more
"Jimmy Page acquired the 1964 Fender 'Lake Placid' Stratocaster ca. April 1975 and used it at the first dates of the 1975 Earls Court shows for No Quarter and Over The Hills And Far Away. It was also used in 1979 and 1980 for In The Evening. In the studio, Page used the Fender Stratocaster in the Presence sessions, on For Your Life and Hots On For Nowhere." - [Led-Zeppelin.org](http://www.led-zeppelin.org/studio-and-live-gear/1010)more
In this video interview, Larry Carlton discusses his 1964 Stratocaster at 9:18. “Yes, so it's a '64 Strat. Gosh, I got this in the 80’s also. I was living in Los Angeles and for some reason was looking for Strat, got in the mood. And there was a music store on Sunset Boulevard, I think it was called Guitar Circus, something like that. And they were very nice. They would let Dave, my tech, go down to the store and bring three Strats to the house, to my studio. And I could check them out with my gear in my studio send them back and this is the one that my ear, caught my ear.” When asked about playing Valley Arts Strats and if they feel similar to this guitar, Larry responds, “That's right. That was a great season too being affiliated with Valley Arts. Mike McGuire was making great guitars back then… No this, this sounds more authentic. Yeah, I mean that's the real deal… I'm happy to have this and my son, Travis, you know he's a professional bass player… Well he's been in Japan for two months with Tak Matsumoto and he's doing something with Scott Henderson coming up in a few days… Yeah, anyway Trav said, "Dad whatever you do when you pass away, I want the Strat.” And he's a bass player! But he loves the tone of this guitar.”more
A 1964 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar (Shoreline Gold finish, rosewood neck, fully stock) is part of Mick Mars' collection. He has said he began collecting stock Strats after he bought [the pieced-together modified Strat](http://equipboard.com/items/fender-modified-mid-sixties-fender-stratocaster-electric-guitar) in '87.
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