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 …
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.