Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring an ash body and one-piece maple neck, this Strat has plenty of punch and natural sustain, weighing 9lbs 6oz. 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 U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and a substantial feel, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The original frets have good meat, playing easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" 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 very faded 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 30th week of '74. Plastics include a replaced three-ply pickguard, while the original pickup covers and knobs are clean and still very white, with some greening of the text on the knobs. The chrome plating is bright and clean on the bridge and jack cup.
The Black gloss finish exhibits a large area behind the bridge where the finish reacted and was subsequently touched-up. This area has a lightly textured appearance as well, yet isn’t particularly noticeable overall. There is prominent pick wear across the strum path, extending to the bass-side waist on top, and light buckle rash central to the back The neck profile gloss is smooth, with light discoloration from contact with the hand both on the treble side of the fretboard and along the neck profile, most prominent on the bass side of the neck carve.
The original hardshell case is included, with functional latches and the original handle.