A Fine 1965 'Pre-CBS' L Series Stratocaster
1965 Fender Stratocaster
Another great and all original 1965 'L-Series' Stratocaster - it weighs just 7.40 lbs. One-piece alder body, contoured on back and lower bass bout. This pre-CBS Strat has a nice fat nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches, a wonderful medium-to-thin neck profile, and a scale length of 25 1/2 inches. One-piece maple neck with 'veneer' Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 21 original medium frets and clay dot position markers. Small headstock with 'Transition' logo with "Fender" in gold with black outline, "STRATOCASTER" in black beside it, "WITH SYNCHRONIZED TREMOLO" in black below it, and four patent numbers "2,573,254", "2,741,146", "2,960,900" and "3,143,028". Single "butterfly'" string tree with small metal spacer. Individual "two-line" Kluson Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons (stamped inside "D-169400 / Patent No"). Neckplate with four screws and serial number "L12521" at the top. Three white plastic-covered staggered-height pole pickups with outputs of 5.92k, 6.09k, and 7.60k. Three-layer white plastic pickguard (metal shield underneath) with eleven screws. Three white plastic Stratocaster knobs with ribbed sides (one volume and two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Six-pivot bridge and tremolo unit with through-body stringing. The end of the neck is stamped "2 JAN 65 B". Two of the light gray bottom pickups are dated & signed in pencil "EP 2-12-65", the treble pickup is signed "IL" in pencil and all three of the potentiometers are stamped "137 6501" (CTS, January 1965). This all original pre CBS Stratocaster is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. The only thing that has been altered is that the original three-way pickup selector switch has been changed out (probably in the seventies) for the later-style five-way version. There are a few very small and jnsignificant surface marks on the sides and a very samll amount of belt-buckle scarring (nothing through to the wood) on the back.The three-tone sunburst top is remarkably clean. There is some light wear to the original frets and the guitar plays perfectly. Complete with the original tremolo arm and bridge cover. Housed in it's original Fender black hardshell case with black leather ends and dark orange plush lining (9.00). (#1887)

Year Condition Color Case
1965 Excellent Three-Tone Sunburst Original Hard


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