Want to own a rare piece of Fender history at an affordable price? Read on!

Here at JTKM STUDIO we have a near mint condition 1970 Fender Stratocaster with an elusive Faux Burst! What is that you may ask. A faux burst was a costly attempt by Fender to create a more attractive sunburst finish which in turn ended up being a double custom colour. A Faux burst consists of an Olympic White base-coat with a hand-painted wood grain effect, followed by a sunburst finish. The result is a ‘faux’ painted grain sunburst which really does indeed look stunning. I’ve only ever heard of two such finishes, one being a Jaguar from 1968 and the other being a 1970 Stratocaster (quick Google search for a Gruhn Guitar listing and you’ll find it) just like the one we have here. Let us add that our faux burst is rather stunning and in minty condition.

As always we will let the photos do most of the talking in terms of condition. This one is very clean without any fade to the burst. There are a few pings in the finish where you can see the white base-coat, its also very evident in the tremolo cavity. Take a moment to see how stunning to neck is on this one; it really is in mint condition and looks amazing with a beautiful dark fingerboard. The neck profile is really fat, full and big feeling; it is a 69 neck profile. In our opinion, these are the best necks ever put on a Fender Stratocaster. The nut and frets are original and plays perfectly well.

Under the guard everything is as expected; the Strat is equipped with grey bobbin pickups and has its original 3-way switch. None of the soldering has been over-flowed or repaired, it is all original under the guard. The pots are CTS branded (137) and date to the 21st week of 1970. The neck has a B profile with the unusual coding often found in 1970. The only alternation to the Strat is that the bridge saddles and knobs have been updated. These are easily returned to factory spec. The case is actually a pre-cbs 63-65 no-logo Fender Stratocaster case, the two case latches have been replaced. Comes with a vintage strap (it is not an Ace branded strap but it looks like one) and a vintage coil cable. Two of the back tremolo springs have been updated.

Lastly, in terms of sound and playability this Strat will remind you what you’ve been missing if you haven’t played a good Stratocaster in a while. It gives you all those classic tube driving tones that you can only get from a vintage Strat. This one is very hard to put down!

All internal photos are available.

There you have it, a cool and very beautiful piece of Fender history, priced the same as a standard 1970 Sunburst Stratocaster. We cannot see this one sticking around for too long!

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We offer a 24 hour approval period for all our guitar sales.

Contact us to purchase. The price is £12,000 which is approximately $14,600.



Faux Burst
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We offer a 24 hour approval period on all guitar sales, thereafter all sales are final. Amplifiers are sold strictly as-is due to their fragile nature. We have never had a return in over 15 years. If a buyer choses to return a purchased guitar we must be notified within 24 hours. The guitar must arrive back with us in exactly the same condition and will be fully inspected. If the guitar does not return in exactly the same condition as it was sent or has been damaged due to transit your payment will not be fully refunded. The buyer is responsible for all return postage, insurance and incurred costs.