Ultra-rare Fender/Yater Hawaii “teardrop” Jazzmaster and “pintail” Strat and Tele prototypes go under the hammer

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Three rare Fender/Yater Hawaii electric guitar prototypes are up for sale as part of Bonhams’ TCM Presents… California Dreaming: Surf and Skate in Film and Popular Culture online-only auction.

The models – a pintail Telecaster, pintail Stratocaster and teardrop Jazzmaster – combine Fender shapes with a “surf sensibility,” and never made it out of the prototype stage, making them the only three in existence.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.