FedEx Thief Stole Fender Strat Custom Dip-Painted Guitar .. links to author Ken Kesey
|Date of Theft||7 May 2019|
|Location of Theft||FedEx facility in New Orleans|
|County / Region / Province||Orleans Parish|
|Type of Equipment||Fender Squire Stratocaster custom pyschedelic dip-painted by Kesey and Babbs|
|Orientation||left handed set up right handed|
|# of Strings||6|
|Police Report Filed?||No|
Here’s the Story…
Custom pychedelic dip-painted it was created by the sons of literary lion Ken Kesey and actor/writer Ken Babbs … as you may know Ken Kesey wrote the great novel One flew over the Cucoo’s Nest as well as helped center the West Coast music and happening scene (Grateful Dead et all) from which spun off The Merry Pranksters (read Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) and much of which followed.
This instrument was created using the famous dip paint method used to perform 1960s light shows, tie dye and other decorative arts. A left Handed Stratocaster was used as the basis with a clear pick guard added to better display the paint job .. the neck plate was vibro-penned to added the ‘Jimi Hendrix’ image. Besides the amazing dip paint colors it was finished off with gold flakes in the top coat.
It was stolen when in the possession of FedEx .. they first reported that it was undeliverable, then damaged on receipt, then admitted the shipping box had been opened and the guitar stolen . It has some historical value, especially to the buyer, a collector of Kesey artifacts. I expect the thief will try to sell it locally . Thanks for your help.
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