Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, strap, and bridge cover. An alder-bodied Strat with a very lively natural acoustic tone, the guitar offers an inherent smoothness and treble detail that translates well through the pickups. The original gray bobbin pickups offer a distinct, vital sound in every pickup position. The bridge pickup has a bouncy snap and sparkle, while the "in between" positions on the three-way switch have that distinctive scooped sound. The middle pickup has a nice dry percussive cut with inherent detail, great for complex chord passages, and the neck pickup delivers a chewy, broad sound that’s both warm and punchy with a bell-like chime and exquisite detail. It’s simply “that sound." The guitar is well-balanced on a strap and weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky U-shaped profile carve with notably full shoulders at the nut and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is dark and tight-grained, with pearloid dot inlay, professionally refretted with vintage spec slender 6230 fretwire. The fretboard retains its original 7 1/4" radius, and the frets show no wear with flawless crowns. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines are intact and still turn smoothly, holding pitch well even with liberal use of the vibrato. An early example of Fender's mid-60s large headstock shape, the headstock retains its original transitional logo with some oxidation of the gold "Fender" text. The neck heel retains a very clean and bold January, 1966 date stamp and the original paint stick markings are present in the neck pocket along with an original shim.
All three original gray bobbin pickups are intact with original windings on each coil, cloth-covered leads, and matching hand-written dates from 3-28-66. The original Stackpole pots date to the 8th week of '66, and the three-way switch is intact. All of the hardware is original including one of the first F neck plates, the jack cup, and vibrato unit with original block, arm, Fender-stamped saddles, and original bridge cover. Setup with four springs, the vibrato actuation is particularly smooth, jumping back to the original pitch with ease, perfect for subtle shimmer and deeper expressive vibrato work. All of the original plastic parts are intact too including the very clean wide bevel white guard, with light, uniform aging of the pickup covers, knobs, switch tip, and vibrato arm tip.
The 100% original Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is extremely bold and warm, with a perfectly preserved central ring of red and subtle ambering of the clear coat further enhancing the saturation of the burst. Cosmetic wear includes tight horizontal lacquer checking and various small dings and finish chips from honest use, largely relegated to the body perimeter. There is also a spot of modest buckle rash between the neck plate and tremolo cavity. The neck profile has a silky smooth gloss, with light palm wear mostly on the treble side of the carve from frets 1-9, and some light lacquer overspray on the profile length.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included with a small Fender logo on the exterior, a trio of functional latches, and the original handle. The bridge cover, tremolo cavity cover, and a vintage Fender strap are included.