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The '54 - Buddy Holly Stratocaster found?

The '54 - Buddy Holly Stratocaster found?  ·  Source: YouTube

The famous Fender Stratocaster played and owned by Buddy Holly that disappeared after his death in 1959 has been found, according to a new video documentary called The ’54.

The ’54 – The Story Of A Rock’N’Roll Treasure

Buddy Holly played possibly one of the most famous guitars in Rock’n’Roll history, a Sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The guitar was thought to have been lost on the night of 3 February 1959 in the plane crash that took the lives of Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson, aka The Big Bopper.

But now – hold on to your hats – it looks as though the guitar may have survived and turned up in Australia!

Is this Buddy Holly's '54 Stratocaster

Is this Buddy Holly’s ’54 Stratocaster?

Gil Matthews

Gill Matthews is an Australian drummer, producer and collector of old Fender guitars. According to the documentary, he may have stumbled upon Buddy Holly’s legendary guitar.

The film, linked below, is called The ’54 and tells the history of one particular 1954 Fender Stratocaster Gil Matthews purchased two decades after the plane crash that claimed Buddy’s life. Experts cited in the film say there is a good chance that the guitar in Matthews’ possession is indeed Buddy Holly’s actual original ’54 Fender Stratocaster.

If this is true, then it is possibly one of the biggest finds in guitar history. You can watch the video below and see all the evidence presented during the film. I’m astonished! If this is real, then it is pretty insane that nobody picked up on this years ago. Wow!


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Barry Tooley

Complete bullshit. The Fender Buddy played on the Winter Dance Party tour is displayed in Lubbock


If it’s not Buddy Holly’s guitar who’s guitar was it? It’s been bought in Lubbock, it obviously has been played (before it’s twenty years under a bed), it’s a Strat. Odd!