SOLD - Vintage L Series Fender Stratocaster – USA 1965

by Fender



This is a fab Fender Stratocaster built in Fullerton California in 1965, and with the coveted “L Series” serial number. So this guitar was built before the boffins at new owner CBS started to change several things about the Stratocaster including the headstock and overall body shape.

This one is finished in the Fender custom colour of Olympic White which has aged naturally to that beautiful creamy yellow hue, complete with natural wear and striations in the lacquer finish. A very seductive package …

Features -

Body – Alder – no modifications

Neck Date – 2 September 1965 

Tuners – original Kluson Deluxe

Original single coil pickups dated 1965

Volume & Tone pots unchanged. Pot codes are 1376510 = March 1965

Cloth cable wiring

Original 3 way switch

All plastics original

Original bridge block, saddles & and trem assembly

Original Fender “L” neck plate and screws

Original nitrocellulose Olympic White finish

Neck is straight with perfect relief & intonation

Original input plate, jack socket, pickguard and screws

Fender “transition” logo with all details present

Trem arm, back plate and “ashtray” bridge cover are all present

Weight = 7.9 lbs

Everything on this guitar appears to be original including pickups, tuners, nut, frets, bridge assembly & saddles, knobs, 3 way & switch tip, strap pins and input socket. The pickguard is still flat and in proper shape. It shows no shrinkage or buckling but does have the ubiquitous crack above the neck pickup.

It has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck with and pearloid dot markers and a very dark curved Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The front of the headstock is unmarked and shows the Fender “transition” logo from 1965 with no blemishes.

The frets appear to be original with plenty of life left in them.

This one presents in excellent condition, and it plays great. We have included some internal photos which show that everything appears to be untouched under the hood. A set of nice grey bottom staggered pole pickups, original cloth wiring and undisturbed solder joints.

The guitar shows some wear including dings, dents and worn patches expected on a 55 year old instrument. Much of the high gloss sheen has been naturally worn off the back of the neck and is a delight to play.

This is a beautiful sounding instrument – everything you could hope for from a wonderful L Series Strat.

Comes in its black tolex Fender case in good condition.



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