Few electric guitars are as awe-inspriring as a vintage Fender Stratocaster. We are talking about one of the most iconic electric guitars of all time after all. Some of the best players of all time have used the Strat as their tool of choice, creating truly timeless music in the process.

This 1965 Sunburst Strat elicits lots of oohs and aahs upon opening the case. It is a really fun and special experience to behold your first vintage guitar. Even if you're a seasoned vintage guitar hound, it's hard to not be a little weak-kneed when you get this thing plugged into your amp of choice.

The neck carve is a gorgeous medium C - not skinny, but not a bat either - just right. The setup is awesome in that it allows heavy right handed playing a la SRV or lighter touches a la Frisell to be executed with ease.

What's interesting about vintage vs modern Strats is that the new Strats tend to have a hyped up top end / treble response (our opinion, of course). This guitar has a voice that manages to be clear and articulate yet really warm at the same time. Don't confuse warm with muddy though - think powerful and fat yet clear tones. It's a very inspiring guitar to play and one begins to see the appeal of these older guitars immediately.

Condition: all original with the exception of a pro refret, an installed 5-way switch, and a few minor screws (the original frets, switch, and screws, etc... are in the case); the pickups are dated 9-2-65; caps, wires, plastic parts, tremolo and tuners are all original and super clean.

Please feel free to call for an in-hand description or further details. Priced with its original cream-colored hard case, which is also in excellent condition. This is a fantastic guitar and would make a valuable addition to any collection!

Year Condition Case
1965 Very Good Hard


The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
3:02 PM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

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We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.