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1958 Mary Kaye Stratocaster

Tim's Guitars

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Noticed this Mary Kaye on reverb the other day.

https://reverb.com/item/16842257-vintage-1958-fender-mary-kaye-stratocaster

At first glance all looks ok(with limited blurry photos!), the blonde finish looks correct, however I notice the blue (and if you look very closely red) marks on the neck but, which I can only think would come from those colors being in the neck pocket at one time, unless anyone has any other ideas? Unfortunately no neck pocket photo!

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You can also see in this pic, some faint green marks at the back of the guitar; this could be some staining of course...but anyway would be keen to get everyone's thoughts

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MeHereNow

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The faint green specs on the body are from knocking about on to something painted green i guess, could be anything, maybe he had it in the back of his John Deere? ;)
The paint on the back of the neck could come from the metal paintjig (what's it called? ) fender used to mount the body on when spraying laquer and was not cleaned very well.
But i don't know if they used that technique already in 1958.
Early finishing was done with resting the body on screws so then there should be faint plugholes visible.
Just guessing.
 

Tim's Guitars

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The faint green specs on the body are from knocking about on to something painted green i guess, could be anything, maybe he had it in the back of his John Deere? ;)
The paint on the back of the neck could come from the metal paintjig (what's it called? ) fender used to mount the body on when spraying laquer and was not cleaned very well.
But i don't know if they used that technique already in 1958.
Early finishing was done with resting the body on screws so then there should be faint plugholes visible.
Just guessing.

I think that's likely the case for the specs on the body. On the neck; I'm not so sure...the would have been painted in batches, and can't see how a "Daphne Blue" type color would have got on them that way. For the body, it would been painted on a lazy Susan using the nail holes to suspend it. The paint stick didn't appear till early 1963 so would be hard to have a paint transfer or contamination...:hmm

The neck pocket might tell all; but unfortunately no pic...blury pictures from the seller doesn't help! The rest of the finish does look typical for the time, checking is similar to other 1958 guitars etc...but do wonder about that neck butt
 

El Gringo

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Everything looks legit to me as this is a vintage Mary Kay Strat in all her fine glory .
 

Unbound Dot Neck

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Looks jake to me, I have a blonde 60 tele that has alittle red bleed under the neck plate.
Some kinda reaction perhaps, odd but original

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