"Number One" Acquired by Stevie in 1974 from Ray Hennig’s Heart of Texas Music, Austin, Texas. Price: $0; value now estimated at $1,000,000. Age: Number One was disassembled by Fender Custom Shop employees in 2003, and they stated that the neck is from December ’62 and the body is a ’63. So Number One can rightly be called a ’63 Strat. Pickups are 1959, which is why Stevie referred to it as a ’59.
It looks like a relic, but plays like gold. It was designed, ground wired, sanded, painted, sanded again and finished by John Mayer himself at the Fender Custom Shop. Only 83 of these exist in the world. The body's been stripped to absorb more sound and resonate it longer and...breathe really. Big dipper pickups, gold plates, rosewood, pearl tuning heads...drool. It doesn't get better than this for a nice soulful stratocaster.