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Up for auction is Martin Winch’s vintage electric guitar.

Martin Winch was arguably one of NZ’s most versatile & best guitarists.
He was a session musician who played jazz, rock, fusion, blues, with acoustic & electric guitar & appeared with numerous bands in a career spanning from the 1970’s to 2000’s.

For those who have doubts about his capability check out his version of Crossroads at
or "After midnight" at
or "Lodestone" from his 1980 album "Sahara" at

Martin was best known for his album Espresso Guitar released in 1998 which sold over 100,000 copies in NZ alone & Espresso Guitar 2. See

Martin died in 2011 from cancer but his memory lives on in his music & this guitar, which I bought from Martin in 1995.

It is a vintage 1989 US Fender Stratocaster Plus in metallic blue (called blue pearl dust). Martin took out the lace pickups that came with the guitar & replaced them with 1992 Seymour Duncan SSL 1 single coil pickups, which he preferred so I have left the guitar as he set it up in 1995 with the single coil pickups installed & the original lace pickups also come with the guitar.

The serial number places it from 1989 to 1990 & the guitar is recognised as one of the best guitars that Fender produced with Fender/Wilkinson roller nut system reducing friction & binding, Biflex truss rod, TBX (Treble-base expander) tone control

For quality of sound see Scott Grove review at

Included with the Guitar is a Certificate of Authenticity from Martins wife because she was familiar with the guitar when I bought it. I’ve also included a photo of Martin playing a similar coloured 57 re-issue Strat .
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