Leo Fender Owned Prototype Electric Guitar 1967 Proto Three Bolt Neck Plate & Proto Tremolo System!

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A signed copy of George Fullerton’s book Guitar Legends features this instrument as Leo Fender owned with several photographs and mention in text. This historic 1967 Fender Mustang guitar was owned and used extensively by Leo Fender for his hands on personal use to demonstrate working prototypes of research & development ideas post CBS while still employed by Fender after selling to them in 1965. We purchased this instrument from a friend of George Fullerton’s son Geoff Fullerton who also supplied certificates of authenticity, as well as other instruments owned by Leo and George. This particular Leo Fender instrument probably speaks the loudest regarding the man and his visionary inventing prowess, it includes two brand new Leo Fender ideas, the three-bolt tilt adjust neck plate and a tremolo system I’ve never seen. Worth mentioining the three bolt tilt adjust neck plate an idea that George and Leo generously re invent and credit George Fullerton years later and basically "use" their new idea on all of the subsequent Music Man land then G & L instruments. The crude looking but surprisingly well made prototype is exactly like the one that went into production and was used on all Fender Strats and other 3 bolt models that came after. If that were not enough there’s a unique tremolo system prototype on this same instrument. It appears to be a functioning idea for a new type of floating tremolo but not exactly like anything I’ve seen and unlike anything that went into production at Fender, Music Man or G & L that I know of. It would be interesting to see if Leo applied for or received a patent for this particular tremolo, I doubt it as it certainly hasn’t shown up on any of his instruments other than this one. A historic piece with a perfect provenance, previously on loan to and displayed at the Fender Museum in Corona CA. Comes with all documentation paperwork including a 25K value from Mandolin Brothers, a must for any serous collection or museum. Comes professionally packed and shipped FREE via USPS Priority within the domestic USA only, fully insured by Heritage Insurance, please call for price. Only $18999. Thanks, VGA

Product Specs

Excellent (Used)
Mustang Prototype
Daphne Blue
Solid Body
Made In
United States

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Vintage Gear America
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Palmdale, CA, United States
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