Saturday, July 22, 2006


VGC 007 - The Fender '84 "Bowling Ball" Strat

Yup, it's the Holy Grail of the swirl finish guitars. Fender only produced 300 of these guitars, 50 of which were Telecasters. Despite dealer interest, it seemed the general guitar-buying public wasn't terribly interested...this, combined with the turmoil of the sale of the Fender company at that time signalled a very limited run of these funky axes.
These guitars also sport the changes that Fender chose to make at the time to help reduce production costs, and therefore the cost to the customer. These are also discussed in the podcast.

Today's source material is a set of articles by Larry Meiners called "Fender's Limited Production 'Bowling Ball' Stratocaster," and it can be found at Thanks to FlyingVintage and Mr. Meiners for their work.

Today's music can all be found on the Podsafe Music Network. Here's the lineup:
"Stuff Thief" by The Walkin' Walkers (the music played under our new intro and beyond), "Let You Go" by Sonny Combs and Kitty Kat Rodeo, "College Daze" by The Clintons, "Wonder About Me" by Porter Block, "Aloha Via Satellite" by Poundcake, and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" by COMEG.
If you like this music, you can hear it in its entirety and get links to the bands at the Opinionated Ramblings Podcast homepage.

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