Very early 1964 Fender Strat with dated pickups and 1963 features such as that really gorgeous neck...
From our one of our favourite years for Fender, we give you this early 1964 Fender Stratocaster
As with Gibson, 1964 seems to have been a good year for Fender where they seemed to reach a zenith fun the development of the Stratocaster, producing a guitar with that should rightly be seen as the archetype. Oh and Jimi had one…
The guitar has been very well cared for, the expected wear is present but isn’t heavy. The celluloid pickguard is in good shape with only one crack near the neck pickup, a common fault with these guards and a shame but doesn’t affect the guitar too much. The finish still retains its vibrant colours which again here seems to be the right mix for a sunburst finish.
The neck has been left untouched, the original frets on the the rich dark brown rosewood fretboard having plenty of life left in them. Neck profile is that brilliant, slightly chunkier ‘63 and early ‘64 profile that a lot of players seem to look for and it feels in a word, just great!
The hardware is in remarkable condition with only the slightest bit of corrosion on the saddles and tuners.
Electronically everything is correct with all solder joints undisturbed all three dated pickups are classic pre-CBS black bottom with all original windings and very healthy outputs.
The guitar comes with its correct Black Tolex hardshell case with no logo that is just right for 1964 and a very hard to find case if you ever need to look for one.
This guitar certainly delivers tonally. Those classic mid-60’s Strat sounds can be found here, all three pickups are well balanced and blend well in the in-between settings. It takes an instrument like this to remind us how versatile the Stratocaster and how iconic those tones are.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on an iconic instrument in a stunning burst and a totally classic year…
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