Here is a lovely vintage Fender Stratocaster, made in 1975 in Fullerton California. And this one is a bit of a rarity for the era – it has a non standard rosewood fingerboard.
It features all the other hallmarks of mid 70s Strats –
Bullet truss rod
Skunk stripe on neck rear
Three bolt neck joint with tilt adjustment
Three ply laminated pick guard
Block style bridge saddles
Closed back F tuners
The vast majority of 70s Strats were built with the gloss finished maple fingerboard which was standard at the time. So this one would have been a special order.
It may have had a remarkably good fret job some time ago, because these frets are in great condition. The nut may also be a pro replacement. And the middle tone pot has been changed.
Apart from that, this one appears to be all original. We cannot discern any changes to –
Body & neck finish
All pickups (staggered pole)
Tremolo bridge & saddles
Plastics including knobs & pickguard
Wiring & 2 pots (original pots date to October 1974)
Original 3 way switch
This one has certainly been played, but there’s usually a good reason for that – it’s a good player !
There are a few chunks out the lower body. There are other scuffs & smaller dings here and there. Some chips in its original shiny finish. The neck is pretty clean, and the beautiful dark rosewood fingerboard show no wear at all. It has some buckle worming on the rear, but virtually no tarnishing of the metal parts.
The neck is 1 5/8” at the nut. Radius is 7 1/2” but string bending is clean and easy, even with its currently low-ish action.
The pickups are bright with lots of typical Strat character. The bridge is rock solid, truss rod works fine.
The classic reverse-F tuners work perfectly and look fabulous.
Weight is 7.9 lbs so relatively light for a 70s Strat.
All in all, an excellent 70s Strat with a classic “target” 3 tone sunburst, that magnificent oversize headstock, rear skunk stripe and a lovely dark rosewood fingerboard.
Comes in its original Fender hard case in good condition.