A very nice, Transisional era Strat with a body only refin in fetching lake placid blue…
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. Here is a case in point, 1966 Fender with larger headstock and transitional logo with a lot going for it.
Decked out in a new coat of Lake Placid Blue, this guitar strikes quite a pose. Seems that the paint was applied in a two stage process with a base layer of fine silver flakes before a translucent player of blue was applied over the top. This explains the silver in the neck pocket.
From the sections of bare wood you can still see, it looks like this was once a sunburst guitar. There is also evidence of some recent routing on some of the cavity sides, probably to help the electronics fit like you sometimes see on factory Fenders with thicker paint. There has been another guard on it at some stage as evidenced by an extra screw hole, but the current one looks period correct.
The neck is all original finish and still retains some sheen, the headstock shows only slight signs of wear with the logo mostly intact. The fretboard is in good shape, the original frets have plenty of life left in them.
The plastics as you’d expect have faded a little but there is not too much wear.
The electronics are mostly original. The correct and superb, grey bottom pickups are present as are the pots dated at week 18 week of 1966. The three way switch has been replaced with a recent 3 way switch and there is evidence of new solder in a few places, as you would expect with a refin. One of the tuners is a repro, the other five are correct double line Kluson.
The guitar comes with its correct Black Tolex no logo case.
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.
A great looking guitar with tone to match, if you’re looking for that Hendrix tone, look no further.
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