Here is a fabulous vintage Fender Stratocaster, USA made in 1974 and featuring a quite stunning original natural finish. It is in excellent condition for a 45+ year old guitar. This one is super clean, and does not appear to have changed in any way since the day it came out of Fender’s Fullerton plant. We cannot discern any changes to –
Body & neck finish
All 3 pickups (staggered 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. Plenty of fret life left.
There are a few light scuffs on the back but almost no buckle rash to speak of, and there is no tarnishing of the metal parts. The neck is super clean front and back. There are no structural issues, and everything works as it should.
All in all, this is an excellent original 70s Strat with its lovely light natural finish, that magnificent oversize headstock, bullet truss rod, rear skunk stripe and a 3 bolt neck joint that does NOT move or slide around.
It is widely known that 70s Strats can vary in fit, finish and overall build quality. But this is certainly one of the good ones. Quite a looker, with killer sound to match. Weight is 7.7 lbs and very comfortable.
Comes in its original Fender hard shell case in good condition.