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Kinman Impersonator '54 and K5 Harness


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We don't really want to sell this!

There is a great deal of talk and speculation around this guitar. Suffice to say that David Gilmour owns the original. The story goes that Phil Taylor (guitar tech) exchanged the guitar for a loan for a new house. Now he won't let it go! Fender Japan have made this ash bodied replica for some time now. It comes with a steel block and Texas Special® pickups but we didn't think that the pups were appropriate so so installed the Kinman Impersonator and not content with 129 parts contained therein, put a K5 harness on for good measure. Although we don't really want to sell it, this is a very attractively priced guitar. Here's what Wikipedia have to say about the original:

"Mary was photographed with her combo, the Mary Kaye Trio, in a 1956 Fender promotional advertisement featuring a new Stratocaster electric guitar. This ash blonde guitar with maple neck and gold hardware later became popularly known as "The Mary Kaye Strat." A Maple Neck Swamp Ash blonde 1954 Fender Stratocaster guitar, the Mary Kaye model, is one of the most expensive and highly collectable guitars in the world. Only a few were produced in 1954, but the color has been re-introduced to the Fender line after the strong international demand for the Mary Kaye color scheme. A limited Custom Shop series Mary Kaye Tribute Strat was issued in 2005. In 2007 a 57 Reissue Mary Kaye Strat was released for the 50th anniversary of the Stratocaster. The Custom Shop release can be seen in the 2005 Fender Frontline Catalog along with her personal history as interviewed by Fender."


  • Body: Ash
  • Bridge: Fender Vintage ST
  • Colour/Finish: US Blonde
  • Fingerboard: One-piece Maple Neck
  • Machine Head: Kluson Style
  • Neck Joint: 4 x bolt
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Nut: Plastic White
  • Scale: 648mm
  • Radius: 184mm
  • Truss Rod: 1-Way, Heel Adjustment
  • TREM System / Block: Fender Vintage / Steel
  • Model: ST57TX-ALG
  • Pick Ups: Kinman Impersonator '54
  • Electronics: Kinman 5-Way Switch 1 x Volume 2 x Tone
  • Pick Guard: Gold Anodised
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Strings: D'Addario .009-.042
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