Fender 1963 Stratocaster Black, Owned by Mike Bloomfield
While Bloomfield was famous for playing his Tele and Les Paul, he picked up this black 1963 Fender Stratocaster in the mid 1970s and played it almost exclusively until the tragic end of his life. Although never confirmed, some maintain that this black Strat was gifted to Bloomfield by drummer Buddy Miles, who was given the guitar directly from Jimi Hendrix during their Band of Gypsys days together.
The guitar was refinished - spray painted, to be exact - by Mike Bloomfield himself, who apparently was unhappy with the original Fender black finish. Yes, he stripped the original black finish only to spray paint it... black. This quirky feature is one of the defining elements that tell you who the guitar belonged to, one of the things that makes it special. In terms of work done, the guitar had also been converted to a 12-string and returned back to a 6-string prior to Bloomfield's acquisition of it. This modification explains the 6 screws in the headstock which were placed there to cover up some holes that were drilled in the process of converting the guitar.
Mike Bloomfield's black Strat can be heard on his last studio album, "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'." The back cover of the album has a photograph of Bloomfield with the guitar.