This is a vintage 1964 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This 100% all original Olympic White example, serial number L53788, is in absolutely stunning cosmetic condition, and includes; the original no-logo case, the original vibrato arm (whammy bar), the original leather strap, the original bridge cover, and oriignal coiled instrument cable, a purchase receipt from Rumble Seat Music for $39,500 and an appraisal from Gruhn Guitars for $40,000. This custom color example is amongst the last to be considered pre-CBS and was accordingly assembled from entirely pre-CBS components using pre-CBS finishing techniques and manufacturing practices. It is also from the absolute last batch of Strats to feature the desirable “spaghetti” logo.
Serial Number: L53788
Neck Stamp: 2 DEC 64 B
Pickup Dates: 1-15-65 (LYsigned)
Pot Codes: 137-6428 (same date code all 3)
Weight: 7 lbs 12 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 5.95Ω, middle 5.97Ω, neck 6.07Ω
This 1964 Oly White Fender Stratocaster features; an Olympic White nitrocellulose lacquer finish over a yellow Fullerplast, an Alder body, the aforementioned small headstock profile with the early style “Spaghetti” logo decal, Brazilian rosewood cap fingerboard, a 3-ply white pickguard, gray-bobbin pickups, pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, cloth-wiring, original hardware, etc.
This incredibly attractive example displays very slight weather-checking, though no visible playing wear. It would be conservatively rated as a 9/10 by most experts, and even higher by many. Quite clean, with mild fading, this Strat is unbelievably gorgeous. This no-issues specimen is perfect for the discerning collector.
This Strat features a highly comfortable medium D- shape neck profile with slightly more depth than your average Strat. The headstock is noticeably more bold and thick, which tends to be both an acoustical advantage, as well as, an attribute which enhances sustain. Though worn in several areas, the finish is still quite lustrous and sheen.
All (3) pickups sound great, and the guitar is a joy to play. Even though the guitar has clearly been lovingly enjoyed for many years, the original large frets retain plenty of life. Light weight, with vibrant pickups, and a great neck, it’s surprising there isn’t more wear on this fantastic Fender Stratocaster.