1965 Fender Stratocaster, an exceedingly rare left-handed example in superb condition.

This guitar has all the characteristics of what could be called a transitional model following the acquisition of Fender by CBS, among the last models to carry an L serial number. The guitar comes to us as it left the factory 58 years ago, with the sole exception of the volume potentiometer which has been replaced.

Other than that, all of the original elements are there, starting with the beautiful bullseye-style Sunburst finish, so called due to that fact that for the sake of saving time, the three colors were applied using a mask and no longer done in by mastered hand movements, giving a more uniform result from one guitar to the next but with less fading between each shade, clearer transitions from yellow to red to black not unlike the concentric zones of a target. We also find the transitional Fender logo in bold golden letters, Kluson Deluxe double-line tuners, the small headstock typical of early-era Strats, three dated gray-bottom single coil pickups, pearloid dot inlays…

Appraised, fully set up and prepared in our workshop, the instrument has been perfectly optimized comfortable playing. The guitar is sold in a period-accurate hardshell case, tremolo bar included.


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