This is a vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This 100% all original example, serial number 101935, is in good cosmetic condition, and exhibits expected wear from decades of professional use. This ’65 Fender Strat was assembled from mostly pre-CBS components using pre-CBS finishing techniques and manufacturing practices. This particular example is the last small-headstock variant, and it features; the aforementioned small headstock profile with the transitional Fender logo decal, a white pickguard, gray-bobbin pickups, pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, cloth-wiring, etc. This attractive example displays moderate mojo and visible arm wear contributing to its beautiful vintage vibe. It is not the best preserved example in existence, however it remains 100% all original. This no-issues specimen is perfect for both the discerning player and sensible collector.
Serial Number: 101935 (F-plate)
Neck Stamp: 2 OCT 65 B
Pickup Dates: 10-17-65 (JM signed)
Pot Codes: 304-6521 (same date code all 3)
Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 6.02Ω, middle 6.07Ω, neck 6.14Ω
As previously mentioned, this ’65 Fender Strat is 100% all original. Specific to late-’65 to late-’66 Fender guitars, this Strat features original factory large frets, as well as, a maple neck with a Brazilian rosewood cap fingerboard, a small peghead profile with a transitional logo decal, a 3-tone sunburst nitrocellulose finish with distinct bands of coloring, gray bobbin single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, a crisp white pickguard, original tremolo arm (whammy bar) and all original hardware.
This Strat features a highly comfortable large 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.