1966 Fender Stratocaster

This is a vintage 100% ALL ORIGINAL 1966 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This first variety large-headstock CBS example, serial number 107797, is in very excellent all original condition, and includes; the original case, original tremolo arm, original leather strap and original Fender polish cloth.

Serial Number: 107797
Neck Date Stamp: 13 JAN 66
Potentiometer Codes: 137 6514 (CTS)
Pickup Pencil Date: 2-10-66, 3-17-66, 2-10-66
Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.

As briefly mentioned, this particular example is 100% ALL original! The original 3-tone nitrocellulose sunburst body finish is in excellent condition, and only displays pick/strumming wear on the bass side of the pickguard. Contrary to what is normally observed, the back of the body is slightly cleaner than the front. There are random superficial scratches and various small dings, but it is otherwise exceedingly nice. If it weren’t for the series of fairly prominent superficial pick marks, the guitar would be near mint.

The neck happens to be in very excellent condition with no evidence of playing wear on the back nor signs of wear on the original frets. The original plastic parts (pickguard, pickup covers, knobs, switch tip, back plate) are all in very excellent condition. The pickguard is both crack-free and warp-free. The knobs have not faded and green font remains intact and clear. The original hardware is very clean and void of typical oxidation.

The original gray bobbin/back pickups all retain original cloth-wiring and sound absolutely incredible. All three pickups are warm, rich and loud. The guitar is definitely more responsive with solo playing. The neck is perfectly straight, and the very comfortable soft open-C shape neck profile is an ease to play. The original factory large frets display absolutely no fret wear, and allow for the most effortless string-bending of any guitar.

The guitar is super-light and weighs under 8 pounds! The original tail-less logo case is in excellent condition, and all of the latches and hinges work perfectly, and the handle still retains all of the original leather covering.

Arguably just as good as any pre-CBS rosewood fingerboard Strat, the first generation CBS guitars utilized mostly pre-CBS parts and components. In fact, some feel that this particular variety is better for certain situations, as they have a tendency to sound more robust than earlier slab-board Strats.