Dating stratocaster serial
In November 2003, Fender announced that 100 guitars would be made, priced at ,000 each, all made by John Cruz.
The guitar debuted at the winter NAMM show January 15-18, 2004.
In the summer of 2011 one sold privately for ,000.
All 100 of the guitars were sold at the 2004 NAMM convention to Fender dealers.
The price had dropped to around ,000 by early 2009.
FURTHER UPDATE 6/09: I am told by Guitar Center that they have reconsidered the price drop, believe in the long-term value of this guitar and have rasied the retail price back to ,000.
The Charley replicas sold for 00, and are now selling for 00 if you can find one. Fender's Custom Shop employs some of the best craftsman in the business, and it is not unusual for their guitars to sell for thousands of dollars due to the number of hours spent handcrafting each guitar.
It is certainly not unusual for artwork to sell for ,000, and that's one way to look at this guitar.
I believe the first Tribute Strat is JC044 and the last JC229. Stevie's guitar is one of the most easily identifiable, famous guitars in history, and folks other than Fender have made dozens of replicas of Number One at prices from several hundred to five thousand dollars.