For Sale – 1982 Dan Smith era Gold on Gold Strat (in Europe)

1982 Gold on Gold Stratocaster with original case, and all important whammy bar with gold tip. Plenty of marks/mojo! This is a player. All original as far as I can tell. Note that she carries the controls from ‘The Strat’. I contacted Fender, they told me this was quite possible.

1982 Gold on Gold Stratocaster

This guitar has the pickups and controls of Fender’s ‘The STRAT’ which means….. A hotter lead pickup (branded the X-1) with a much stronger output than the standard Stratocaster pickup (various X-1 pickups tested were between 6.0 and 8.5 ohms). *a new wiring circuitry delivering 9 different basic tones: a twin mode rotary selector switch replaced the bottom tone control which when used with the five-way pickup selector switch allowed not only for your standard 5 Stratocaster positions(tones) but also 4 “new” tones never before or since available on a Fender Stratocaster : neck and middle pickups in series – humbucking middle and bridge pickups in series – humbucking neck and bridge pickups in parallel neck and bridge pickups in parallel, with the middle pickup in series. Thus, the STRAT delivered nine (5+ 4) different basic pickup tones by combining the 5-position switch with the twin rotary selector tone knob. Otherwise the STRAT was fitted with the standard 250k ohm audio taper pots and the “master” tone control carried a regular .05 MFD capacitor. This unique wiring design delivers many tones not usually associated with a Fender Stratocaster and makes the STRAT one of, if not the most, versatile of any era Stratocaster produced by Fender prior to the recently introduced S-1 switching system.

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

Last Boxing Day’s Jazz n Blues session was the last ever one run by me. I’d been running the monthly sessions for 5 years. It was becoming very time consuming, I felt I’d done my bit and it was time to quit. Boxing day was the Grande Finale. I stood there and told the packed house that this was the last one. I even had special souvenir posters done.

Some other musicians decided to take it on, and after a shaky start the sessions continued. But then when it comes to Boxing Day this year, they can’t do it……and can I help out because they don’t want to let people down!!!

Boxing Day Jazz n Blues

 So I did it! Pulled it together in a short space of time. Invited some top musos. On the day the place was packed, standing room only. We had a great time. Never say never eh? 🙂

A couple of people over on FB asked me what kind of stuff we play. Here’s a copy of the set-list from the day. As you can see, it’s a real mix, and some of it not strictly Jazz or Blues. Well that’s OK because we are there to have fun. Jazz is a big umbrella! 🙂

Bennettis Jazz n Blues set list

If you’re in the area next Boxing Day, then……. 🙂

Thank you…

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke. 1887 – 1915


Cyclocross this weekend…..

The ROC Cyclo club is organising it’s annual cyclocross race this weekend at Rochechouart….but it’s a new venue! For the first time ever the race will be held at the Plan d’Eau below the chateaux. I’m looking forwards to taking part, though not as a racer, as a helper/circuit builder/marshall/dog’s body. Should be great fun….

ROCC Cyclocross

The end of a Jazz n Blues era!

A HUGE THANK YOU! To everyone that came along to the Soleil Couchant yesterday for the final Jazz n Blues session. It was great, just great! I loved every moment. Here is a copy of the souvenir poster that I gave out….I wanted to share some of the moments from the last 5 years. I want to thank everyone who was ever a been a part of it whether as a musician, or a supporter. Thank You! THANK YOU! MERCI! DANKE JE!

Jazz n Blues, last ever poster

Here are the photographs of the day from ace photographer Ian Wilson.

Jazz n Blues Last Session

Boxing Day Jazz and Blues session – the end of the line

This Boxing Day at the Soleil Couchant starting at 1pm. The last ever “Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club” session. This will be the 5th edition and the last. After 5 years I have decided to stop running these sessions. They are still as popular as ever, but they are a lot of hard work, and I have other things I want to give my time to.

There will be souvenir posters available on the day. They are free, but you have to be there in person to collect one. See you there! 🙂