1965 Fender Stratocaster anyone?
As with many historic events, the transition of the Fender brand over to CBS was not like flipping a switch and even though the pre-CBS instruments are held in high regard, post 1965 instruments still hold a lot of that Leo Fender magic.
The finish is in fantastic condition. It has faded a little but has kept the defined shades of the sunburst. There are a few small dinks and some forearm and lower bout wear though this doesn’t seem to detract from the overall look.
The neck too has retained its high gloss finish with only the slightest of wear around the 1st position, the headstock shows no such signs of wear. The fretboard is in excellent shape with the original frets still present.
The plastics as you’d expect have faded a little but there is not too much wear.
There has been some changes under the pickguard. The grey bottom pickups are still present with the original windings. The pots have been changed in the late 80s as we can see from the serial number. In a nice touch, the correct capacitor has been retained as has the three way switch.
The guitar comes with its correct Black Tolex case which like the guitar is in mighty fine condition.
Many of those classic Strat tones live in these mid-60’s guitars. These guitars really deliver a fantastic tone that hasn’t yet drifted too far towards the thinner end of the spectrum and still retains some of the fullness of the earlier incarnation Fender singe coils.
These mid 60's Strats have so much to offer, this one is a prime example from that transition era. Grab it before it gets away.