She’s a child of the Sixties and she’s a little confused.
She’s a bit of a chameleon with some serious history and stories to tell. She’s been gigged and rejigged, worn and reborn. But she’s a sweet child in time.
Here’s the story –
This young lady has been loved by her current owner since she was a teenager – the guitar we mean, not the owner.
Originally a CBS era Stratocaster from 1968, she has worn many outfits to suit the times. By that we mean that she has been sanded and refinished at least six times. So much so that the body became too thin to use, so it was replaced with a custom ordered body from Mark Jennings of MJT Guitars. MJT is a very well regarded American custom parts manufacturer specialising in aged 100% thin nitro lacquer finishes. MJT link – http://mjtagedfinishes.com.
The body is two piece solid alder, and finished in Dakota Red nitro lacquer.
The neck is genuine 1968 Fender and has been refretted twice since the current owner bought it in 1982. Currently sporting a nice set of 6105s in good condition. The original fingerboard inlays were loose and replaced at the most recent refret.
The nut width is just over 1 9/16” (40mm) which is a little narrower than modern Strats, but correct for 1968/69.
The tuners are period correct repro F stamped Fender units, and hold tune perfectly.
Pots are TVT (True Vintage Taper) CTS
Scratch Plate is genuine 60’s Fender but not sure what year
3 way switch is 80’s or 90’s
Neck pickup is genuine Fender 68 from the original guitar
Middle pickup is an Aussie made Mick Brierley 68 (Mick rang the owner saying he had one spool left of the purple vintage wire used by Fender in the late 60’s, and he kindly wound a compatible match to the real 68 in the neck position)
Bridge pickup is a Gibson Patented Humbucker. It’s an early T Top from 1963/64
The trem bridge is a Callahan narrow, made specifically for the narrower neck profile.
The oversized bolts on the neck plate have been there for 20 years. They can be dowel filled and correct size installed if a new owner wants, but this neck joint is as rock solid as it’s possible to be.
So at the end of the day this is a '68 Strat with a new body … and what 52 year old wouldn’t want a new body ? And yes, she’s possibly seen a few illicit substances in her time, and has lived a colourful life. But don’t hold that against her.
Because while she may be an amalgam, she sure feels good and sounds sweet.
Comes in a genuine Fender hard case from 2008.