Bob Marley’s 1970s Fender Stratocaster (Sunburst)

This was the guitar Bob played prior to purchasing his brown Les Paul, and it was seen on Bob Marley and the Wailer’s performance of “Stir It Up” live at The Old Grey Whistle on May 1, 1973.

Bob Marley playing a 1970s Fender Stratocaster on
Bob Marley playing a 1970s Fender Stratocaster on “Stir it Up” (1973)

Based on the “Bullet” truss rod, this Stratocaster was likely brand new at that point. Fender changed the truss rod design on Stratocasters in late 1971, and on the guitars made from the point on, the truss rod nut can be sticking out, sort of resembling a bullet (therefore the name). This type of truss rod is obviously present on Marley’s guitar.

The Disappearance

This guitar basically disappeared after the 1973 performance and was nowhere to be seen. Marley was seen performing with a white Stratocaster just a couple of months after this, which could mean this sunburst Strat got stolen.

However, there don’t appear to be any stories in the media regarding this, so if you happen to know what happened to this guitar, please be sure to leave a comment below.


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