1988 Fender Homer Haynes HLE Stratocaster - 1st Limited Edition Custom Shop Stratocaster Number 134 of 500
The Only One in The World Aged By Master Builder John Cruz 
Aztec Gold Finish
Comes in a LIMITED EDITION G&L Made - Fender Custom Shop Case
Weight: 7lbs 14.3 oz's

This guitar was hand selected by me and sent to world renowned, master relic artisan, John Cruz. It was in near mint condition when initially purchased and then underwent a unique and perfected aging process. 

This is a very exciting and limited collaboration between world renowned, master luthier and relic/aging artist, John Cruz and The Guitar Dude. I am extremely honored to present to you this truly spectacular run, of one of a kind tone monsters dripping with MOJO.  We partnered up to do a very special and limited run of beautifully aged guitars in a one-off fashion, to guarantee there being exclusivity to each guitar. I sourced and pulled from my personal collection some of the best playing, sounding, and rare Fender and Gibson guitars to be sent to John. With no factory rush, he was able to take his time and put amazing and painstaking hard work into the relic process. Each piece simply radiates the heart and soul of his craft, which has been perfected and master over decades of experience. The final result, a spectacular collection of highly desirable rock star and stage worthy instruments oozing visually and sonically with vintage road worn mojo. Through amazing dedication and trust from some of the most famous players in the world, he has worked on some of the most successful and expensive runs in Fender Custom Shop history and has built countless guitars played by the biggest names in entertainment. Each guitar, including the hardware, has been completely hand aged and masterfully reimagined as a lifelong road warrior, enduring countless shows and smoky bars. Coming alive and only sounding better with time, you will notice the attention to detail paid to each carefully thought out bump, bruise and wear spot. The quality of this guitar is on another level and it is truly in need of a worthy player and loving home.  

In 1988 the Fender Custom Shop released its first limited edition Stratocaster. The Homer Haynes Limited Edition only produced 500 guitars.  The HLE was Fender’s second offering of a “numbered” limited edition Stratocaster, with the first being the 1979, 25th Anniversary Stratocaster. Haynes was the guitar-playing half of the musical comedy team Homer & Jethro.  This hand-crafted Stratocaster is a recreation of a limited number of Tri-gold Stratocasters produced in 1957. The HLE's were offered from '88 to '89 and were based on Homer Haynes' original 50's Strat. This tribute guitar is a gold '57 reissue, with gold hardware and an gold anodized pickguard. A total of 500 guitars were produced & this one is #134.  

It has just been professionally set up deep cleaned and detailed. All guitars will arrive looking and playing great. The frets have been dressed/polished and the fingerboard was cleaned. (Unfinished Rosewood and Ebony boards get treated with Fret Doctor - a proprietary all natural oil that is the best on the market) It was professionally set up and has brand new strings, the action was adjusted, the intonation is dialed in and it plays excellent. All the electronics work as they should. (Unless otherwise noted)

* Neck is Straight and the Truss Rod Works Perfectly

* Intonation is Spot-On

* Professionally Set Up by John Cruz with Nice Low Action & New American Made .010-.046 Gauge Strings 

* The Frets Have Been Dressed & Polished - They Shine Like New

***Please note that international shipping prices listed are minimum quotes in some cases. Certain countries are more expensive and will require additional shipping costs. Express services such as UPS, DHL & FedEx are also available, Please contact me for a personalized quote.

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The Guitar Dude is a two time NAMM “Top 100” Dealer in the world who has been selling some of the nicest guitars on the planet since 2010. Known for selling the most Killer Flame Top Gibson 1959 Les Pauls Reissues and classic Fender guitars of all eras. I make beautiful guitar porn, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter


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Listed2 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • HLE Limited Edition '57 Reissue Stratocaster
  • Aztec Gold
  • 1988
Made In
  • United States
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Color Family
  • Gold
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Fender American Vintage

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