I wasn't sure if this should be posted under "Other Guitars" or if it rightfully belongs here in the JEM/UV topic, but I'm sure the Moderators will make sure it lands in the right place
In 1983, Fender contacted Darren @ ATD to do a limited run of Strats & Teles in his unique multi-colored swirl. There were (300) guitars total done:
Red-Black-White Swirl 108 21
Blue-Black-Yellow Swirl 105 21
Gold-Silver-White Swirl 37 8
Totals 250 50
I've always wanted a "Bowling Ball" Strat to complete my collection of Darren's swirls (I've got the UVMC, PMC, GMC & DNA already). I've searched and searched for one that I liked, although it's hard to be picky because the things are RARE! The only color combo that I've ever cared for are the red/black/white ones, so I've really limited myself. But...it's finally happened! I finally ran across a swirl that I just fell in love with. It's very similar to the "lizard" finish that occured on some of the DNA's.
The guitar arrived in pretty good shape with the exception of one finish chip and some scuffs on the back from a guitar stand. There is also some minor buckle worming on the back, but luckily the finish renders it nearly invisible. The single-ply white pickguard had been swapped out for a newer 3-ply black/white/black model, and the original bridge pickup was swapped for a Duncan Hot Rails (which sounds great by the way!). A nice surprise is that the neck is quite flamed-a rarity on these otherwise stock production model guitars.
Here are a couple of pics: (a "family" shot is in the works with all 5 swirls!)
On top of having a killer swirl, the guitar actually plays and sounds pretty good! It had obviously not been played for quite some time, and had a nasty neck bow and a thick coating of dust & grime. But, after a couple of hours of intensive T.L.C., it's been resurrected!