Up for sale, a 1975 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Featuring an alder body and one-piece maple neck, this Strat is notably lightweight for its era of production at only 7lbs 10oz with a balanced, chiming natural acoustic tone. Plugged in, the trio of flat-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 neck profile carve with full shoulders and quite a bit of heft, filling the palm and fretting easily, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The original slender frets have good meat, showing only light wear and some minor flattening of the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8. The guitar plays 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 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 faded green ink stamp that dates to '75, 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 the neck and middle pickups are original, with 1974 and 1975 date stamps on the gray fiber bobbins. The bridge pickup is a vintage substitution from the same era. The harness retains the original three-way pickup selector switch and trio of CTS pots that date to the 17th week of '75. All original plastics are in excellent shape, with some greening of the text on the pair of Tone knobs and some requisite light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard. The pickguard is also signed and dated on the underside by a previous owner. The chrome plating is bright and clean on the bridge and jack cup, and even the "ashtray" bridge cover is intact.
The Black gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting buckle rash between the neck plate and tremolo cover on the back, with wear extending to a lesser extent to the tremolo cover and just below the belly carve. There are just a few additional scattered minor marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile shows palm wear and some isolated finish chips on the treble-side fretboard edge that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original hardshell case is included, signed on the case lid by an unknown artist in '76. The original raised Fender case logo is intact along with the functional latches and handle. Multiple original hangtags are also present, one of which notes that this guitar was originally sold within Japan.