This piece of guitar history was purchased, brand new, by Ray Monette of Rare Earth in 1971.
"We were on the road chartering small planes for college shows. Our base was Chicago, but each night we would fly to a different city to play. One night, on the way to Paducah Kentucky, I accidentally left my guitar under the hotel bed. I had to quickly go to a local music store in Paducah and buy a guitar. This 1969 Stratocaster, that I purchased, became my favorite guitar for Rare Earth. It was used for all Rare Earth recordings. It's the guitar I used for one of the largest shows at the time, California Jam.
I also used it for many TV shows played by Rare Earth: American Bandstand, Don Kirschner's Rock Concert and The Midnight Special. It's the guitar played on every Rare Earth record and live show until 2000."
Ray continued to use the guitar after that time.