Stratcollector.com was founded in 2003 as the result of a collaboration between T. Watson and M. McCann, both life-long guitar players and enthusiasts with a special appreciation for the Fender Stratocaster. Tom was the visionary who realized the need for a place where Strat enthusiasts around the world could learn more about the history and stories surrounding this special instrument.
Mark, with a background in marketing, an expanding collection of guitars (mostly Strats, of course), and a deep knowledge and insight about the Stratocaster from years of collecting and trading, realized the site could also be an avenue to showcase his Strat collection, as well as buy/sell/trade his inventory.
Together, the two created a website that became a wealth of knowledge and interesting reading, as well as a place to find quality vintage and used Stratocasters.
Sadly, Mark McCann passed away on March 26, 2011, after a long battle with brain cancer. His passing has left a void, not just in the hearts and lives of friends and family, but here on the Stratcollector site as well. Mark's guitars made up 95% of the original inventory page. He was constantly searching, buying and trading to keep the site "fresh" with quality Strats and other guitars.
With Mark (and of course his inventory) now gone, this meant that parts of the Stratcollector.com had to be re-done or the site abandoned. After several months of the site being offline, Tom called on colleague and part-time contributor to Stratcollector.com, Paul Davis, to help him resurrect this tribute to both the Fender Stratocaster and Mark McCann. An avid and seasoned guitar trader and enthusiast, as well as a long time friend and frequent trading partner with Mark McCann, Paul seemed the perfect fit.
Although the majority of the information content on Stratcollector.com will remain the same, due to his relationship and reputation with other guitar vendors and customers worldwide, Paul's contribution to the guitars for sale on the site will be an asset for those in search of quality instruments.
Tribute to Mark McCann
Mark Warren McCann, born July 14, 1951, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and played in bands from the late '60s through the '70s. From the mid to late-'70s Mark played with an all-original rock band known around the Bay area as August, and opened for such acts as Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Fog Hat, B.B. King, Eddy Money, Norman Greenbaum, Albert King, Hot Tuna, Robin Ford, Lee Michaels, and dozens of others.
Throughout his successful working career, Mark McCann was involved in marketing, and inventing. He had collected guitars for more than 30 years with an emphasis on Fender Stratocasters. Being a serious player himself, Mark knew what a good guitar was and described each instrument honestly and accurately. The result: thousands of satisfied customers since 1999.
He was a member of his local Church and enjoyed spending time with his wife and children, gardening, travel, cooking and old movies.
He is survived by his wife, Christina; two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren, seven brothers and sisters, and, his father, John.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Hannah's Hope, C/O Cox Health Foundation,
3525 S. National, Suite 204,
Springfield, MO 65807