This is a fine example of a pre-CBS L Series Stratocaster, with typical features for the time. The neck sports the older style small headstock with the spaghetti logo of the period. The lovely dark rosewood fingerboard has the earlier clay dot inlays that would be phased out at the end of 1964, replaced by pearloid dots.
We received the following info from the owner –
The body has a very small route under the guard where the 2 mini switches were. The switches were removed and the guard repaired before I got the guitar.
Everything is original apart from the 3 way switch, the volume pot and one tone pot. It came to me with an old 5 way switch which I replaced with a 3 way.
Some time ago the fingerboard has been flattened a little – ie the crown taken off the top of the original 7.5” radius on the board. So the board now feels like it’s approx 9.5” radius, which actually makes it very comfortable and assists with string bending.
Other features –
Premium 2 piece alder body with original sunburst nitro finish which has faded a lot – not much red left
Very comfortable one piece medium C shaped neck with some lacquer worn through to wood on rear
Brazilian rosewood veneer fingerboard
The neck is dated 2nd October 1963
Original black bobbin pickups. Output N=6.2K M=6.1K B=5.8K
Original cloth cable wiring
Original bridge, block and saddles
Kluson tuners all working perfectly
The guitar has had an excellent recent refret by Frank Grubisa, and it’s a beautiful job as usual.
This L Series Strat has obviously been a well loved instrument. It wears its battle scars proudly – testament to a great instrument that deserves to be PLAYED, and clearly has been.
And yes, the pickguard is what it is, but it’s original – and without the ubiquitous crack at the neck pickup. The finish is faded and worn in patches, dents and dings, but the original nitro has not been tampered with.
It weighs in at a lightweight 7.5 lbs – it feels just fine & has tone to burn.
This is a naturally aged piece of history from Fender’s golden era, with an original finish that no amount of modern day relic treatment could replicate. It’s the real deal.
Comes in its original Australian Stamford case along with its owner’s manual, back plate and 1970s curly cord.