After looking at all these blue Stratocasters, I figured some of you might be interested to see mine. This is a 1980 Fender "STRAT" in Lake Placid Blue. I got it around 2002 and it had already started to look greenish. It's an awesome player and the most Stratocaster-ish sounding of the ones I have. There is 22K gold plating on the parts (!), made to be Fender's competition for the Gibson Les Paul Custom. The tuning pegs are not gold plated, which (I have read) indicates this is one of the first ones produced. Schaller apparently didn't have the gold ones ready by the time Fender wanted to start shipping.