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Ray benson

The STR was designed in conjunction with Country Western artist Ray Benson. He specified that it have "an extra half-inch all the way around, so it gives the body a bigger sound", as well as the rear belly carve and a thicker neck than a standard Tele. It was part of the American Classic Series.

The DTR was the more economical version of the STR.

Made in Incheon, Korea by Samick.

Related:

DTR-100 Ray Benson Signature

95 DTR-1

1995 DTR-100 TS

This model does not have the typical engraved neck plate design, just a blank plate with the serial number engraved.
  • 1995

Body:

  • Contoured laminate body
  • Alder veneers, front and back
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Maple neck

Electronics:

  • Two single coils, one lipstick style
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Standard machine heads
  • Pearloid "Violin" pickguard w/ silk-screened signature
  • Vintage Tele-style tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (TS)

STR-100 Ray Benson Signature

99 STR100

1999 STR-100 AM

  • 1995-2001
  • 1995-1998 (TS finish)

Body:

  • Contoured solid Alder body
  • Flame Maple veneer
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Rock Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard with dot inlays
  • Valley Arts headstock
  • Gloss front, satin back
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • 22 ArticuFretsTM
  • 25.5" scale

Electronics:

  • Two Duncan Design single coils, one Duncan Design humbucker
  • Splittable Hot Rail in middle position (1995)
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone (push/pull coil tap)

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio die-cast machine heads
  • Pearloid "Violin" pickguard
    • Silk-screened signature (1995-1998)
  • Vintage Tele-style tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Amber (AM) / Natural Flame (NFA)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (TS)
  • 3-Tone Sunburst (3SB)

STR-200

99 STR-200

1999 STR-200 TBK

  • 1997-1999

Body:

  • Contoured solid Alder body
  • Flame Maple veneer
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Rock Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard with dot inlays
  • Valley Arts headstock
  • Gloss front, satin back
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • 22 ArticuFretsTM
  • 25.5" scale

Electronics:

  • Two Duncan Design single coils, one Duncan Design humbucker
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio die-cast machine heads
  • Pearloid Texas pickguard
  • Vintage Tele-style tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Translucent Black (TBK)

STR-200 KF

00 str200kf-0

Limited Edition NAMM 100th Anniversary Guitar. Same as STR-200 but with solid Bubinga body and Natural "Kusu Finish" (N).

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