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Valley Arts Custom Pro Stratocaster Strat Left Hand Owned by Carlos Rios #34011

Availability: In stock




BRAND: Valley Arts

MODEL: Custom Pro Stratocaster

FUNCTION: Electric Guitar

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This listing is for a Valley Arts Custom Pro Stratocaster from the personal gear collection of guitarist Carlos Rios. 

This listing is for a very special early-build Valley Arts guitar. We are selling it on behalf of Carlos, see the video below as he  explains how it was his "go to" guitar for many years. 

This guitar was built for Carlos by Mike McGuire who co-owned Valley Arts Guitars shop in North Hollywood from 1977-1992 before they sold it to Samick.  Mike McGuire went on to become operations manager at Gibson Custom Shop until he retired in 2012.  He built the now famous Steve Lukather & Larry Carlton Signature Valley Arts Guitars. 

His son now builds these models under the name John McGuire Guitars.  This guitar is a very cool piece of L.A. history and an even more rare left-handed model.


  • Serial #VA0041
  • Finish/Color: Custom Metallic Silver (Similar to Inca Silver with a slight green/yellow tint)
  • Weight: 9lbs
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 6105
  • General Neck Shape: Asymmetrical for increased comfort
  • Pickup Configuration: S,S,S EMG Pickups
  • Knob and Switch Configuration: Volume & Tone  3 - On/Off Mini Toggle Switches
  • Other: Guitar was built by Mike McGuire (Original owner of Valley Arts Guitars), Neck plate has Carlos Rios stamped on it, sperzel locking tuners, & Stop Tail Bridge.


  • Serial #VA0041

ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: This item comes as seen in photos, and does not include any accessories.

PHYSICAL CONDITION: Good - The guitar shows considerable use and has scratches and nicks all around the body. There is heavy wear on the back neck plate. Otherwise, it is very clean and in good solid condition for a 30+ year old guitar! 

WORKING CONDITION: Very Good - Plays great, pickups all work perfectly along with their associated toggle switches. The volume knob and the very useful and cool Blend knob gives you a huge range of tonal options, and it also works perfectly. Overall working condition is very good.


UNPACKAGED DIMENSIONS: 12.5" x 2.5" x 38.5"

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