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Your letters. This month: that special Kaye, putting some Sparkle in your life, and in defence of Mick Abrahams…

LETTER OF THE MONTH

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

Dear TGM, I’m totally in accord with Huw Price in the December issue, with his assessment of the Mary Kaye model as the most desirable Strat. For a while, my ultimate piece of Fender eye-candy was the all-gold, 1950s Homer Haynes model, which the Custom Shop recreated in 1989. A bit beyond my financial reach at the time, but salvation came when the company produced a very close, Mexican-made replica of that instrument to mark its 50th Anniversary in 2004. I bought one like a shot and still have it. Then the Mary Kaye came to my attention.

How I’d missed it before, I just don’t know, but I was hooked. Trouble was, when a very similar guitar was reissued in 1987, it didn’t even register on my radar – to this day, I don’t recall seeing one come up for sale and a Custom Shop order is still beyond my means. It looked like that situation was something I was going to have to live with until about five years ago, when I saw a Tokai Japan instrument that’s that seemed to tick all the Mary Kaye boxes, but was affordable to me. I really don’t fret (ouch!) too much about it not having Fender on the headstock!

Stephen Davies, via email

TGM There’s something about the Mary Kaye Strat that’s captured many players’ imaginations. For a pretty affordable option with ‘Fender’ on the headstock, try to track down a 60th Anniversary Classic Player ‘50s Stratocaster from 2014. Its Desert Sand finish isn’t a million miles from aged blonde, it has gold hardware and a maple neck, and you could swap the gold pickguard for a white one. Either way, enjoy your Overdrive Strap!

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