Up for sale, a 1975 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, loaded with boutique Lollar pickups. With a body-only refinish by Marty Bell in a deep and dimensional gold metalflake sparkle, this Strat will certainly turn some heads and has a rich and nuanced traditional tonal range to pair with its unconventional looks.
Featuring an alder body and one-piece maple neck, this Strat has a balanced and articulate natural acoustic voice, qualities which are channelled faithfully through the black bobbin Lollar pickup set (these were recently re-christened the Sixty-Four set). These staggered pole, alnico magnet Strat pickups are some of the most widely celebrated boutique single coils on the market, offering a glassy treble cut, prominent midrange, and a taut low end response. There's plenty of sonic range via the original three-way pickup selector, from biting bridge pickup snap to round, bell-like neck position silk. The guitar weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 12th. The maple fingerboard has been professionally refretted with fretwire that has a bit more meat and crown while retaining a slender vintage width, currently showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The modern nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock features a modern set of Fender F chrome-plated tuning machines. The red ink stamp on the neck dates to 1975, with additional factory stamps on the heel and a stamp from Marty Bell in the neck pocket for body finish provenance.
The electronics include the set of Lollar pickups wired to the original harness with a three-way pickup selector switch and all three original CTS pots intact, with visible date codes from the 39th week of '74. Plastics include the original pickguard and a trio of well-matched modern knobs. Hardware comprises the original jack cup and bridge base with bright chrome plating, while the saddles are '60s-spec replacements. There is no wear on the recently applied Marty Bell Gold Sparkle metalflake finish, and the original gloss finish on the neck is smooth, with some palm wear down to the bare maple on the fretboard edges.
A modern SKB hardshell case is included.