For me, the most beautiful object ever created is the original 1954 Fender Stratocaster Guitar. I have owned several old Strats, including a 1959 with a rosewood slab board and clay dots in Fiesta red, but it was not right. To me and for me, a Strat must have a Maple neck w/o a rosewood fingerboard, just as designed by Leo Fender in the early 50’s. Though I never use it, the original tremolo is also a necessity as it drastically affects the tone. My current main electric guitar is a guitar that I have had since the late 70’s. It’s a fake 57 in Fiesta red with Lindy Fralin vintage staggered strat pickups w/aged magnets. But since I let everybody know it’s a fake, I don’t feel terribly guilty. Pictured here is a recent Fender Relic Series example. Yes, Fender produces guitars that are artificially aged to appear to be originals. They make new fakes of their own vintage guitars. To me, Fender makes and has always made the best looking, best sounding, but not the easiest playing guitars out there. The original models designed in the 40’s and 50’s are all still readily available and very popular.
I could talk about all vintage guitars all day, and not just the Fender Stratocaster, but shown here is an example of what I consider to be the absolute pinnicle of guitar design. So there. Is anybody happier? Angrier? Did it change anybody for the better or worse? Am I now less of an ogre? More of an asshole? Just curious…. I hope it made somebody feel better…… if only for a moment.
Next, the Jaguar XKE.