As surf music seemed to come the end of it's "wild ride" Fender was quite aware of the waning and less existent sales of the Fender Stratocaster and slated it for discontinuance. Then this guy in hippie clothes surfaced wearing one upside down and Hendrix changed everything putting a halt to the scheduled end of production and eventually making it the most popular model/sales ever.
So what it translated to was an extremely small # of Stratocasters leaving the Fender factory in 1967.Most that did were from late 1966 with some 1967 original parts. That is how we know which ones.THIS guitar has ALL original solder joints and yet bears a treble pick up that clearly reads 1-20-67 so we now it was still being wound then and do not know how long before it went into a guitar and out the door but we KNOW it wasn't 1966. Willies American just had the exact same scenario with the 67 gray back in the bass position. 1 Gray and 2 black bottoms just like this. (as we know black bottoms have been seen with linen wires as late as 1968-9 and with plastic leads as late as 73 into 74. I will include pics of other orig UNDER guards with gray and black combo pups same era. None of the nucklerash is through to the wood. Yellow still remains.
This guitar has a nice shallow C profile and is very fast. Beautiful RW board. Pot codes 1376616. The pick ups ..... MAN!!! The only unoriginal parts are as follows. It appears to have a new nut and the rear trem cover is a repro (not the 1 pictured temp off my 64 for the pic). THAT'S IT. Frets are 100% orig and on the low side but i can still do all of my bends and I AM a tall frets guy even on Fenders normally/ Comes with the original case and 300 metric F_ck tons of mojo!!! (special thanks to Francesco Balossino for extra pics and info re this era)
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