1966 Fender Stratocaster, Sunburst
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Screaming on to the scene in the hands of legends like Buddy Holly in the late ‘50s, the Fender Strat’s iconicity rocketed to legendary status in the hands of Jimi Hendrix in the ‘60s. While most collectors tend to hunt down the often romanticized pre-CBS Strat, pickers like Hendrix played a surprising amount post-buyout Strats. These guitars made in the mid-’60s are now referred to as “transition era” instruments and bear hallmarks of Strats to come, with the biggest change being the large headstock. Though the ‘70s would bring an infamous downgrade in quality, the transition Strats are known for being a sort of best of both worlds and for being well desired pieces.
This guitar is from 1966 and bears it’s original sunburst finish, which was standard at that time. This piece also features a rosewood fretboard and patent no. Kluson tuners. The three pick-ups are all original, as are the pots and the pick-guard. In fact, this guitar is totally original with the only exception being the frets, which had been replaced very professionally before coming into our hands. The neck stamp reads 13MAR66B and the neck plate serial number reads 160844, placing the guitar firmly in 1966. The pot codes read 3046610, which also dates to 1966 and the pick-ups also have a written date of 1966. The body finish has a few chips and scuffs, mostly on the back and sides, with the most visible blemish being some discoloration on the front were the arm naturally rests. The neck lacquer has worn off across most of the back, and there is quite a bit of checking at the joint and on and around the headstock. The frets are in good shape since the refret, but the fretboard shows some decent sized divots from years of play, but nothing that interferes with playability. All the chrome parts are in fabulous shape for their age, and this guitar retains its original whammy bar and, most surprisingly, its original ashtray bridge cover. The instrument sounds and plays like a real dream, with a beautiful snap, twang, cluck, and all the other Strat sounds we’ve come to know and love. The age and mojo in this guitar is palpable, with a real “broke-in” sound and feel; a real pleasure to play. All told, this guitar would make a fabulous player’s piece or a beautiful addition to any Fender enthusiasts collection. Ships in a heavy-duty road case.
Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ⅝”
8/10 (excellent condition) 1966 Made in the USA
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