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At the risk of being one of those "anoraks" that Joe refers to in the article, it was Carl -not Dennis- who played a Jaguar. As a Beach Boys fanatic, I always admired Al Jardine's Strat, but assumed that it was Olympic White, rather than Blonde. I've seen countless photos of it, but none of them were closeup, and clear enough, to see any hint of woodgrain.
For that matter, I would've assumed that the pair in GP were yellowed Olympic White, rather than Blonde, were I not told otherwise. I know that Fender's Blonde finish got progressively more opaque, as the years went on, but I can't perceive any grain.
My failing eyesight aside, that's a pair of dream Strats, for sure, and it's an entertaining tale, well told.