Stratocaster

Keep on rockin’ in the free world. Despite living in a world of electronic music with synthesizers, samplers, computers, trying out new things, tweaking knobs and pushing buttons on vintage analog machinery and high-tech equipment, I have always dreamed of owning a real Fender Stratocaster guitar one day. Just bought an almost 50 year old vintage 70’s USA Mocha Brown Maple Fender Stratocaster! The guitar belonged to a good friend and member of the LNE collective, a group of musicians, singers, artists and one comeback electronic musician.


Jimi H (the cat) wonders if he can set the guitar on fire to honour the historic night when Jimi Hendrix sets his Fender Stratocaster guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967). The burned guitar would later sell for more than $380,000 at an auction. It was definitely time to show Jimi the way out to the garden. And let’s all unite to kick the barbaric and inhuman Russian army out of Ukraine.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

65 responses

  1. Wauw, ne echt Fender!! Daar zijn er vele jaloers op. Kan je er op spelen?
    Geniet daar van het zonnetje en elkaar ❀

    • Ik ben er heel blij mee. Ik ga ze stemmen op een Ry Cooder manier zodat ik slide kan spelen… Zeg, maar ik was onder de indruk van de collectie gitaren bij jou ma!
      Het is super buiten en Jimi blijft voorlopig toch weer in de tuin.

    • So true, we fully agree and let’s rock now. But maybe have some ice cream first on this warm and sunny day…

  2. That is one beautiful guitar. Many years ago my brother was lead guitar in a very successful local group and always wanted a Stratocaster. Anyway, enjoy getting to know it – it’s BEYOND a “classic” !! But first – enjoy your garden and your ice cream…..you and Jimi both. oh – and by the way – we’re 150% with you on the Ukraine…..as is most of the world.

    Peace and love and chocolate, Pam

    • Hi Pam. Thank you so much for your comment. And yes, we fully agree with all of it, especially the ice cream part… And it looks like Jimi is already waiting for me outside. First I need to check my freezer… πŸ˜‰

  3. Congratulations. That is so very exciting. It’s beautiful. That is a fantastic photo with Jimi and the Strat. You can put it behind your head and Jimi can sit on you shoulder and bite on the strings while you do the fingering. Jimi looks happy in the garden. Catnip, coffee and chocolate time.

  4. Good for you. One should always be able to fulfill at least a part of ones dreams and this is special. Music is something that touches the soul. Salutations, Jimi!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! Being surrounded by beautiful instruments also gives me a good feeling, even without playing them.
      Jimi sends his regards!

  5. herman; how COOL IS THIS !!!!! congrats on your find; what a great guitar to “keep for all time ” !!

    jimi…lookin good dood N wwe hope ewe N dad iz happee healthee N doin grate πŸ™‚ β™₯β™₯β™₯

    • Hi there, my friends! Glad you liked the post!
      I’m so happy that I found this guitar. I was dreaming of it for so many years and now I finally got one…

      Hope you’re all ok. Jimi sends his regards!

  6. Beautiful guitar. And of course Jimi is adorable. I am praying for the Ukrainian people. XO

  7. Welcome to the Strat Continuum. That’s a beauty you have. I have two strats, three acoustic electrics. There is supposed to be a Daryl Steurmer strat coming out soon. I’m on a waitlist when it does come out. Do enjoy and play it occasionally. πŸ™‚

    • Hi David. Thank you so much for your comment. I’ll try out some Ry Cooder guitar tunings to play slide guitar. I love his sound…
      Maybe the red Godin DS-1 model is also something you’re looking for? I remember him playing live with Genesis. I didn’t know about his Strat model… But wait a minute, what about the Olympic White Nile Rodgers Hitmaker single-coil Strat…?? C’est Chic! πŸ˜‰

    • I was so lucky with this shot because Jimi wasn’t really interested in staying on the table. I love the way he looked at the camera.
      Glad you liked this post!

    • Hi Mary. I always love the look cats can give you. Although sometimes it can be very scary… πŸ˜‰
      Glad you liked the post!

    • Hi Virginia. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      Glad you liked this post. I’m happy that I could buy this beautiful guitar.

    • Hi Christine. I’m sure Jimi would love having an extra cat in the band. And he would probably share his treats too…
      Jimi sends his regards to Bagheera!

  8. Hey Jimi, no flaming guitars! He looks content sitting in the garden. With the world in such turmoil, it’s peaceful to see a beautiful cat sitting in his garden, enjoying the moment. I hope you are peaceful when you sit out there too. We need peace, so many places. Be well my dear, and enjoy your spring garden.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, my dear friend. Our garden is really a peaceful place where I can find some peace in my head in these troubled times. Jimi also loves to be outside but he hates it when I’m going back inside. He enjoys my company in ‘his’ garden…

      • In his garden, that’s adorable. Yes in these times we need to find peace and happiness where we can. My garden stuff is growing well, so I’ll write a blog after a while.

        • Looking forward to read more about your garden… I don’t have catnip plants anymore, Jimi wasn’t really interested in them. Mr Bowie loved to get high on these plants… πŸ˜‰

          Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  9. That is a beautiful guitar, Herman, and a very handsome cat! Yes, these are troubled times and there is nothing like the garden for a peaceful place. Wishing you and Jimi a peaceful summer ahead, full of love and understanding. πŸ™‚β€οΈπŸ±

    • Hi Lavinia. Thank you so much for your kind words! Being outside in the garden on a sunny day, in the company of Jimi, helps me to find some peace of mind. And Jimi prefers that I join him in the garden. I’m so glad we’re in the best season of the year…

      I was also very happy to buy this guitar. I’ll probably not play it a lot but just looking at it makes me feel good…

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards to all the cats on the Farm!

  10. Dear ‘comeback electronic musician’ (😁) , congratulations on your dream come true. Looks to be in pristine condition. I like that the pick guard is black, that’s sexy looking. As for the Russian Army, I think blasting them with some cool riffs on your new Fender when they’re trying to get some sleep might be the answer 😁 Love, peace and rock n roll my friends πŸ’—xK

    • Hi Kelly. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad you liked the post!
      I knew the guitar was in a perfect condition and years ago my friend played on it while we were recording some rock songs in a home studio. But now you got me thinking… we should do it again but a little bit heavier to scare that Russian army… πŸ˜‰
      And like John said so many years ago: Love is the answer, and you know that, for sure.

    • Hi Cornelia. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      Fulfilling my dreams can also be very easy like having an espresso with chocolate in the morning… πŸ˜‰

      Wishing you a great week ahead, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  11. Oh, Herman, what a beautiful guitar! I bet your smiles at the sight of it are endless. My question, though, is if you rock out with it and do you go to 11?

    My heart hurts every day for the people of Ukraine. Even if the Russians are driven out, what a horrible mess they will be left with. The rest of the world can never forget and always do our part to keep democracy intact.

    Have a wonderful week and give Jimi a few skritches from his admirer across the ocean.

    • Hi Mary. I’m so happy I could buy this guitar. As you already seems to know, ’11’ is the magic number when you play an electric guitar… πŸ˜‰

      It’s going to be very hard and difficult to get the war situation solved. And like you mentioned, what’s going to happen when the war is over?

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week too, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  12. Jimi is a great companion enjoying warmer days. The invasion of Ukraine is pure madness, but who will stop him? Ivan the Terrible killed a son he loved. Enjoy the warmer days.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Micheline. You are so right, we are living in a very strange and dangerous time.

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad you liked the post. I’m so happy I found this guitar and Jimi seems to love it too…

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi Pamela. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad you liked the post! What a coincidence… I also bought the metal sculpture from a local artist. He was trying out some new techniques and materials and made some cat sculptures.
      I’m so happy I finally found my favourite electric guitar. And Jimi also seems to like it… πŸ˜‰

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • Hi Stacey. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Glad you liked this post and my blog. Thanks for visiting and following. Much appreciated!

    • Thank you so much!
      I was totally surprised when I opened the photograph on my computer. The matching of the lines was pure by coincidence. As you probably know, a cat has a mind of its own so you got to be lucky photographing a cat… πŸ˜‰

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