This is a vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number L61233, is in excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original Fender “no logo” hard shell case! This ’65 Strat was assembled from mostly pre-CBS components using pre-CBS finishing techniques and manufacturing practices. This ’65 Fender Strat is the last small-headstock variant, and it features; the aforementioned small peghead profile with the transitional Fender logo decal, a custom color Candy Apple Red nitrocellulose finish, a white pickguard, an L-prefix serial number, gray-bobbin pickups, pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, cloth-wiring, etc. This attractive example displays minimal mojo and slight visible arm wear contributing to its beautiful vintage vibe.
Serial Number: L61233
Neck Stamp: 2 APR 65 B
Pickup Dates: 5-7-65, 5-10-65, 5-7-65
Pot Codes: 137-6514 (3)
Weight: 7 lbs 10 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 5.10Ω, middle 5.74Ω, neck 5.71Ω
As previously mentioned, this ’65 Strat is 100% all original. This ’65 Fender Strat features; a maple neck with a Brazilian rosewood cap fingerboard, a small peghead profile with a transitional logo decal, a custom color Candy Apple Red nitrocellulose lacquer finish, gray bobbin single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, a crisp white pickguard, all original hardware, and the original Fender “No Logo” black vinyl case.
This variety Strat features a highly comfortable neck shape with slightly more depth than your average Strat neck profile. The headstock is noticeably more bold and pronounced, 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 with the clear coat remaining beautifully intact.
All (3) pickups sound great, and the guitar is a joy to play. Since the guitar has clearly been lovingly played and enjoyed for many years, the frets too have experienced wear. However, the guitar still plays great, and it was recently setup with Pyramid .010-.046 gauge strings. Light weight, with vibrant pickups, and a great neck, it’s surprising there isn’t more wear on this fantastic Fender Stratocaster…