Up for sale, a 1969 Fender Stratocaster in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and a vintage "hootenanny" strap. This alder-bodied Strat has all the iconic appointments of a late '60s Fender, with a four-bolt neck plate, large headstock with block logo and single string tree and gray bobbin pickups.
The guitar has a very lively natural acoustic tone, with an inherent smoothness and treble detail that translates well through the pickups. The original gray bobbin pickups offer a unique, vital sound in every position on the original three-way switch. The bridge pickup is all bounce and spank, offering a chewy, midrange-forward sound that has a present, aggressive quality when picked hard, while the "in between" positions on the switch have a distinctive scooped sound. The middle pickup has a sweet percussive cut and chime, great for complex chord passages, and the neck pickup is silky and bell-like with quite a bit of brightness. 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 modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve, with the heft of the carve felt most prominently at the nut, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled edges for added comfort, with a 7 1/4" radius, pearloid dot inlay, and original slender fretwire which has been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, currently showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, with the truss rod nut flush with the neck heel and necessitating sparingly little adjustment over the past 50+ years. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Fender "F" tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly with gleaming chrome plating. The neck heel retains a very clean and bold June, 1969 date stamp and the original paint stick markings are present in the neck pocket along with a couple additional factory stamps.
All three original gray bobbin pickups are intact with original windings on each coil, and four digit ink stamps on the bobbins. The bridge pickup meters at 5.55k ohms, the middle pickup is 5.5k, and the neck reads 5.35k. All solder joints are untouched, and the original CTS pots date to the 18th week of '66 (Fender purchased pots in bulk from CTS in 1966 which lasted the company through the end of the decade). All of the hardware is original including serialized four-bolt "F" neck plate, the jack cup, and vibrato unit with original block, arm, and Fender-stamped saddles. Setup with three 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 white guard, and there's sparingly little aging of the pickup covers, knobs, switch tip, and vibrato arm tip.
The 100% original Sunburst gloss finish is bold and warm, with a vibrant central ring of orange-red, and a faint "tan line" of a fractionally more ruddy shade preserved beneath the pickguard. Truly stunning in its presentation, cosmetic wear is limited to a couple dings on top behind the bridge, one line of very light finish wear running diagonally on the back of the treble-side cutaway, and a few additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and is equally as clean as the guitar, with a small Fender logo on the exterior, a trio of functional latches, and the original handle. Original extra tremolo springs are included, along with the original case key and an era-correct "hootenanny" strap received with the instrument.