Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring an alder body and one-piece maple neck, this Strat is notably lightweight for its era of production at only 7lbs 14oz with a balanced, chiming natural acoustic tone. Plugged in, the trio of staggered pole gray bobbin single coil pickups excel at delivering a range of traditional Strat tonalities. The bridge pickup offers bite and sparkle, the middle has a certain honk and cut, and the neck single coil delivers a smooth, yet detailed tone that's ideal for solos and lead work. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with a bit of chunk and full-feeling shoulders in every register, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The original slender frets have good meat, playing easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Stratocaster decal with one patent # is intact, along with the original Fender "F" tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel retains its black ink stamp, and the original "paint stick" marking indicative of an original finish is present in the neck pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should and are 100% original, with untouched solder joints and matching 1974 date stamps on the gray bobbins. The harness retains the original three-way pickup selector switch and trio of CTS pots that date to the 39th week of '74. All original plastics are in excellent shape, with gentle yellowing of the pickup covers and knobs. The chrome plating is bright and clean on the bridge and jack cup.
The Black gloss finish exhibits a spot of light buckle rash on the treble-side lower bout on the back, extending to the tremolo cavity cover, with one touched-up ding of note on top behind the bridge, and just a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is extremely smooth and clean, with light palm wear through the gloss on the fretboard edges from frets 1-6.
The original hardshell case is included, with functional latches and the original handle. The Fender logo is intact on the lid, along with a few vintage stickers.