1968 Fender Stratocaster w/ Original Case
Fender is the most recognisable and collectable brand when it comes to vintage guitars. Couple that with the legendary appearance of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969, we find ourselves with this guitar – “no guitar represents a greater convergence of artist, event and instrument than this” (The Guitar Collection, 2011).
In 1954, Fender introduced a new line to their already strong catalogue – the Stratocaster. There were many small, incremental changes to the design that reached towards the sale of Fender to CBS in 1965. This version of the Stratocaster was one of the first of the CBS era and is an iconic version that holds such history, along with a brilliant investment to take into the future.
This is no exception to the rarity and build-quality of these early Stratocasters.
Body: Alder Body w/ Olympic White Finish
Neck: Bolt-On Four-Screw Maple Neck w/ 21-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard & Clay Inlays & Large Headstock
Hardware: Chrome-Plated F-Tuners, Tremolo Bridge, 3-Ply Pickguard, Staggered Pickups, 3-Way Switch, VTT Knobs
Case: Yes – Original
This guitar came to us having been refinished back in the 1970s in a horrible blue car paint. We believe the guitar was originally Sunburst but, with our connection to local luthier Colin Keefe (http://www.keefeguitars.co.uk), we had the guitar completely stripped and refinished to an unbelievably high standard in Olympic White. Our love for Jimi Hendrix heavily influenced this decision! The guitar was then refretted and professionally set up ready to play. And boy does it play!
This is in brilliant condition for a 47 year old guitar. As you can see in the pictures, the only bits worth mentioning include the original decal fading and a slight bit missing from the scratchplate.
We had the guitar inspected by Colin Keefe, who has years of experience with these types of guitars. He authenticated the guitar and confirmed, along with the finish, the only other things that are not original is one pot and the saddles. The rest of the guitar holds true.
Overall, this is a very rare and collectable guitar. Not only is this sure to increase in value year on year, but also it can be an enjoyed investment.
We welcome anyone to come have a play on this. We are happy to discuss any deal, including part exchanges, on 07831118877 or 07970061897.
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