This is a lovely original rare colour L series Strat in well used condition. Fiesta Red was a DuPont colour originally developed for car manufacturers. It was an option for the 1956 Ford Thunderbird, and for pre CBS Fenders – generally regarded as the best era of Fender guitars. Not many Fiestas made their way to Australia back in the day, and this one arrived some years ago via South Africa.
Year: 1964 – L Series
Body Finish/Colour: Original Fiesta Red
Body Wood: Alder
Neck Wood: Maple one piece
Neck Finish/Color: Original Natural
Neck Date: April 1964
Neck Back Shape: Standard C
Fingerboard Wood: Brazillian Rosewood
Frets: Pro refret 1992 – new frets in excellent condition
Neck Pickup: Original 6.2k
Middle Pickup: Original pickup, rewound – 6.0k
Bridge Pickup: Original 6.7k
Pickup selector switch: 5 way switch professionally fitted
Potentiometers: Original CTS – 22nd week 1964
Nut: Original Bone
Nut Width: 1 5/8″
Tuners: Original Single Lined Kluson Deluxe
Pickguard: Original White 3-ply “Green Guard”
Hardware Color: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: Original Synchronized Tremolo
This guitar has been played by its owner professionally for over 30 years since he bought it in his native South Africa. Besides being a fine instrument to play, it has been kept in (almost) original condition apart from –
- a pro refret done in Switzerland in 1992
- 5 way switch installed by previous owner
- middle pickup rewound by noted Sydney luthier Jeff Malia
Yes, this guitar shows signs of solid use – but there’s usually a good reason for that. Most importantly, this one sports its original lacquer which has worn away in spots, but has also developed to a deep rich tone from age and from generally being well used. There are no body finish touchups.
Weight = 7.5 lbs
The neck wood is solid maple & the back is worn the sheen of a well used pool cue – no lacquer left at all, but super smooth and very comfortable to play. And it sounds like an L Series Strat should – that unmistakable airy Fender sound. The bridge pickup is particularly spanky.
Includes original “ashtray” bridge cover and trem arm.
This one is super comfortable to play, and it also sounds amazing – a big, spacious, classic Fender tone that can still only be attained by an original vintage instrument such as this.
Comes in its original black tolex Fender case in reasonable condition.