Vintage Fender L Series Stratocaster – USA 1964
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This 1964 L Series Stratocaster is a fine example of exactly what makes the pre CBS L Series Stratocasters so special. A great sounding and very nice playing piece of rock and roll history that’s been well looked after, with just enough patina to remind you that it is definitely the real deal.
Owned by the guitarist of a well known pioneering Australian rock and roll/surf band since 1968, the guitar was bought almost new by the current owner. Despite buying the guitar when it was only a few years old, an interesting mod had been done previously to his ownership. Removing the pickup scratch plate shows 3 cylindrical holes to the treble side of the strings around the neck and middle pickup. These holes are indicative of the guitar having switches being installed to give more options in terms of pickup configuration. This modification was rather common in the 60s and 70s as the three-way selector switch only gave you three options. Neck, Middle, or Bridge. Remember that the 5-way pickup selector wasn’t introduced by Fender until 1977!
This leads to the belief that to maintain original appearance the pickguard was replaced in the late 60s. The aluminium shielding under the pickguard still bears the holes where the switches would have been.
The finish is original. There is some red overspray in the pickup cavity and tremolo cavity. This red is from the second stage of the three tone burst, and is original to the guitar.
This guitar plays fantastically. It has been well enjoyed through the years and features on some classic Australian rock and roll/surf songs that you may be familiar with. A great L Series Strat, with an interesting past. This guitar does not disappoint.
The features are as follows:
Year: 1964 - L Series
Weight: 7.38 lbs
Body Finish/Color: Original 3 tone sunburst
Body Date: 1964
Body Wood: Alder
Neck Wood: Maple with rosewood veneer
Neck Finish/Color: Original Natural
Neck Date: 2nd Jan 1964
Neck Back Shape: Standard C
Frets: Original Frets
Pickup selector switch: Original 3 way
Potentiometers: Original CTS
Nut: Original Bone
Nut Width: 1 5/8"
Tuners: Original Single Lined Kluson Deluxe
Pickguard: Mint White 3-ply "Green Guard"
Hardware Color: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: Original Synchronized Tremolo with Cover