Vintage Guitar File – 1961 Fender Stratocaster

1961 Fender Stratocaster

The Vic Flick Stratocaster

A Legacy in Olympic White

Any historical review of popular music from London, England in the 1960’s and 1970’s is not complete without mentioning studio musician, Vic Flick.

Vic is most famous for writing the James Bond guitar line for Dr No, the first of many James Bond films that he and his band, the John Barry Seven, would work on.

  1. Musical Credits
  2. Movie Soundtracks
  3. The Stratocaster
  4. Price
  5. Links

1. Musical Credits

Vic Flick played on original recordings with many musical artists including:

Few studio guitarists have played on more hit songs. His recordings have endured the test of time and have been resampled by contemporary artists such as Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim and Kanye West.

1961 Fender Stratocaster Olympic White

Figure 1 – 1961 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar


2. Movie Soundtracks

Vic Flick has a prolific movie soundtrack catalogue including:

3. The Stratocaster

This particular vintage guitar was Vic’s second 1961 Fender Stratocaster as an insurance replacement of the first one was stolen from him in the street.

1961 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar

Figure 2 – 1961 Fender Stratocaster Vic Flick


Sporting a re-finish in Olympic White, the guitar has maintained a lot of it’s original parts including the pickups, pickup covers and green pickguard which were removed at one stage.

The maple neck has a slab Brazilian Rosewood board with Clay Dots and original Spaghetti Logo.

The original Kluson tuners have been replaced with modern Kluson replacements.

1961 Fender Stratocaster Headstock

Figure 3 – 1961 Fender Stratocaster Headstock


The bridge pickup was rewound and put back into the guitar. Previous to this, a Seymour Duncan rail pickup was in the bridge position. That pickup and the replacement pickguard came with the guitar in the case.

1961 Fender Stratocaster Body in Olympic White

Figure 4 – 1961 Fender Stratocaster Body


4. Price

In 2013, the guitar was sold by Vic Flick to Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars.

Vic was asking USD $70,000 for the piece initially, and settled on a sale price of USD $55,000. Below is the footage of the sale of the guitar by Rick.

5. Useful Links

More information is available below: