George Gruhn from vintage guitar specialists, Gruhn Guitars, talks about the very first Stratocaster hand made by Leo Fender. The first known Strat with a serial, dated from April 1954.
Many consider David Gilmour to be the owner of the first, however although his Strat bears the serial number 0001, it’s not the first. Its unusual color for the time and gold hardware suggest his may have been made as part of a special custom order, with the true original Stratocaster actually bearing the serial number 0100.
Most of the clip below covers Fender’s early history, however if you would like to just hear a demonstration of the rare instrument you can jump ahead to around the 18:30 mark.