This is a vintage 1964 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This particular Dakota Red custom-color Mahogany body example, serial number L46692, is in extremely well preserved all original condition. This incredibly rare variant was produced during the short-lived period during which Fender experimented with the use of Mahogany bodies for Strats, Teles, as well as, other models. There is actually much precedence for Mahogany body Fender instruments to be finished in Dakota Red, almost more so than Sunburst, however, such examples are exceedingly rare, with very few having been documented.
Serial Number: L46692
Neck Date: DEC64
Neck Pocket Body Stamps: “OK, 3, 13”
Pickup Dates: 10-17-64
Pot Codes: 1376423
Weight: 7 lbs 15 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 7.26Ω, middle 6.48Ω, neck 6.28Ω
Aside from a replaced 3-way selector switch, this ’64 Fender Strat is in 100% all original condition. The all original neck features; the era appropriate transitional logo decal, a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, original double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, original nut and original string tree. The original Mahogany body features; a nitrocellulose lacquer Dakota Red finish with a White undercoat, original 3-ply white plastic pickguard, original gray bobbin pickups, original matching CTS potentiometers, original cloth wiring, original bridge, original tremolo arm, all original plastic parts and the original no tail black vinyl hard case. Due to it’s transtional nature, the body has both a half-painted neck slot, as well as, nail holes. This was common amongst instruments painted toward the end of ’64.
This guitar is an all-around fantastic instrument. It’s resonant and robust with singing sustain, yet simultaneously capable of delivering balanced articulation. The tone is considerably warmer than one with an Alder body, yet it still clearly translates those characteristics which define a Strat. The neck is incredibly comfortable, displaying just the right amount of wear and patina.