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It had many of the features that would appear on the future Strat Plus which was still being developed and thus, by default, became the Strat Plus prototype, well almost! He want on to explain how the whole Signature Series came about and how it all tied together with the Strat Plus.He also gives us a clear time frame for these events: "Sometime in spring of 1986 we got a call from Jeff Beck asking about guitars for an upcoming tour in Japan.This way you know this is no hearsay, but the story told by the man who actually made the Strat Plus design In 1986, George Blanda was hired to get Fender’s Custom Shop up and running and was given the title, “Senior Design Engineer.” He was responsible for much of the design of the “new” American Standard Strats that were released that same year.As Fender started branching out with Signature model guitars, he ended up building three prototype models for Eric Clapton, using the new Lace Sensor pickups.Then in 1986 they started production on the new American Standard Stratocasters.Finally, By the way, when Trevor finally patented his roller nut, he was living in Australia!
The Plus Series was a very good attempt to reclaim Fender USA's floundering reputation, as quality had drastically gone down hill under CBS's ownership. The Stratocaster was Leo Fender's second guitar design after the Telecaster around 1953, with actual production beginning in early 1954.
Behind John to the left in the red shirt is Dan Smith, another Fender icon, the man who helped turn Fender's failing reputation around by bringing higher standards to the company.
The picture to the right is a more current picture of George.
One was finished in Torino Red and the other two in Pewter Grey Metallic.
(Side note: all were used in the "Prince Trust Live Aid,” "Live in Montreux" and "Eric Clapton and friends Live 1986" DVDs from 1986.) Above you will see in the 1st picture George right after he was hired at Fender. Behind him to the left is John Page of Fender Custom Shop fame and now owner of John Page guitars.