This is a late L Series Fender Stratocaster, built in Fullerton USA before CBS took over the company. And it is in excellent, almost unchanged condition.
It appears to be very original, including pickups, tuners, nut, bridge assembly & saddles, knobs, strap pins and input socket. The only things that we can see are some newer trem springs and a 5 way switch installed.
The headstock show the Fender “transition” logo from 1965, but with the “Stratocaster” part of the decal missing. We have no explanation for this. The Fender logo certainly appears to be original, and there is no disturbance of the early lacquer. We can only assume the other part of the decal has come off over time.
The pickguard is now minty green and features the ubiquitous spit above the neck pickup. Apart from that it is still in good shape.
It has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck with and clay dot markers in the curved Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The back of the neck is naturally worn right through to the wood, which feels mighty good.
The frets appear to be original with plenty of life left in them. If it has had a refret, the work has been done by a master luthier. The fretwire is original vintage spec, which is unusual for a refret, and the workmanship is so good you cannot see any evidence of later fretwork. There is simply no way we can tell. Whatever the case, the frets have some evidence of light wear around the first 4 frets, but not anything that compromises its playability.
Body – Alder – no modifications
Neck – 2 January 1965 – B profile
Tuners – original Kluson
Original grey bobbin pickups.
Volume & Tone pots appear original
Unmolested cloth cable wiring, no solder joints have been touched apart from the 5 way switch
All plastics original
Original bridge, block, saddles & and trem assembly
Original neck plate and screws
Original nitrocellulose sunburst finish
Neck is straight with perfect relief & intonation
Original input plate, jack socket, pickguard and screws
Fender “transition” logo with “Stratocaster decal missing
Weight = 7.8 lbs
This one shows some player wear in the form of dings, dents, scratches, lacquer wear & buckle rash. And that’s because it’s been seriously played, which is always the sign of a good vintage guitar. There are no body finish touchups.
There is some expected tarnishing on the metal parts including some discolouration on the bridge saddles and dulling of the tuners, but it all adds up to the lovely vintage mojo of this fine instrument.
This one is comfortable to play, and is a great sounding instrument – clear & woody sound from the neck pickup, plenty of bark from the bridge p/u, and lots of chime from the in-between settings.
This is a well worn but very original L Series Strat from January 1965 (it could almost be a ’64) – a nice example of a classic pre CBS Strat, from the months just before everything radically changed at Fender.
Comes with a pro aluminium flight case in excellent condition.