Here is a stunning vintage Fender Stratocaster, USA made in 1974 and finished in beautiful blonde. It is in very good condition for a 40+ year old guitar. It has a few scuffs & minor chips through natural wear – but all in a good way. The neck is pretty clean, back and front. It has some light buckle rash on the rear of the body, and some lovely natural tarnishing of the metal parts.
It is a sad fact that most 70s Strats have had major or minor surgery during their lives, sometimes for good reason. But this one remains amazingly original. It was obviously one of the good ones, so it has stayed pretty much the same as the day it left the factory.
About the only update may have been a remarkably good fret job some time ago, because these frets are in great condition.
Apart from that, this one appears to be all original. We cannot discern any changes to –
Body & neck finish
All pickups (flat pole)
Tremolo bridge & saddles
Plastics including knobs & pickguard
Wiring & pots
Original 3 way switch
Some 70s necks were of the narrower variety, but this one has a fairly standard width of 1 5/8” at the nut. Radius is 7 1/2” but string bending is clean and easy, even with its currently medium low action.
The pickups are bright and snappy sounding. The bridge is rock solid. The classic reverse-F tuners work perfectly and look fabulous.
All in all, an excellent original 70s Strat with its lovely lightly translucent blonde finish, that magnificent oversize headstock, rear skunk stripe and a 3 bolt neck joint that does NOT move or slide around.
Quite a looker, with sound to match. Weight is 7.9 lbs and very comfortable.
Comes in its original Fender hard shell case in good condition.