A classic, big neck, wide burst Strat from 1964 that a lot of players seem to seek out. This one is a well loved example that you do not have to worry about getting a few more dings on….
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 in 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 around the block quite a few times. The original finish has worn so wonderfully, evidently from hours played in sweaty clubs and stages. This has evidently dulled the clear coat in places. 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. You’ll notice that the dark area is wider than you’d expect. This seems to be a feature of some of the Strats and Teles from 1964, some tended to have a wider dark section, referred to as a wide burst. This might have been used as a way of hiding defects in the finish underneath but whatever the reason, the effect is rather pleasing.
There is some minor modification in the jack socket cavity, possibly from a previous socket being fitted though this isn’t clear.
The finish on the neck has worn comfortably all over and has been refretted, thankfully the rich dark brown rosewood fretboard has not been sanded. Neck profile is that brilliant, slightly chunky ‘63 and early ‘64 profile that a lot of players seem to hunt for.
The hardware is in good condition with the expected amount of corrosion on the saddles and tuners.
Electronically, its been fitted with a five way switch and some of the solder joints have been reheated. Everything else is correct, 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 from a classic year with a greta look. Don’t let it get away.
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