1961 Fender Stratocaster

1961 Fender Stratocaster

Fender | 1961STRAT1 |  1 in stock

If you are like your vintage Strats to be vibey with the most glorious vintage patina that Custom Shops would beg for and from arguably one of the finest years of Stratocaster production, then we have your guitar here...

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​This is a stunning 1961 Fender Stratocaster in all original sunburst finish with brown tolex case that I think is guaranteed to put a big smile on the face of whoever becomes it’s next custodian.

Light weight of just 3.35Kg, thick rosewood slab fingerboard with a slightly chunky (but not too chunky) C shape neck profile and at it’s heart are 3 x pre-CBS black bottom pickups with original windings. This is as good as it gets for pre-CBS Strats and is pure classic Strat in every way.

It is not a mint museum piece, it has been played as you can clearly see and it because of this, it has developed the most superb, natural patina you could ever hope for. As you can see there are dings all over but nothing structural and no extra routes or repairs.

Finish is a lovely dark sunburst colour with that distinctive dark red that you only see on 1960, 61 and very early 62 Strats. 1961 was a very special year for Strats and there are a fair few people out there who feel the same way.

The pickguard is a cool faded green guard and has the usual crack by the neck pickup screw and a small pice of the tip broken off. All hardware is correct except it has had a new nut. Has it been refretted? I do not know for sure, but if it has then someone has done the most amazing job with the correct size fret wire.

The trem arm is not original but at least it has one and there are signs of solder touch up inside on the switch so it may have had a 5 way fitted at some stage. The correct 3 way is back in there now,

This Strat begs to be played and to play it, it a very nice experience indeed. In fact we are sorely tempted to say you can’t have it unless you promise to play it…

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At a glance

Model: Stratocaster
Year: 1961
Finish: Sunburst

Modifications: New nut. Possible refret
Repairs: Some solder joints touched up
Weight: 3 Kg

Case: early 60's Brown Tolex yellow lining
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Kluson single line

Pickups: 3x single coil black bottom
Hardware: chrome
Neck Profile: C shape medium
Pots: 3 x original dated week 14 of 1961




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