1965 STRATOCASTER CHARACTERISTICS
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Specs: Late 1965 (possibly as late as December): Transition to large headstock. Read all...

 

Type: 1965 Lefty Stratocaster
Serial #: 135714
Remarks: None.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1965 Stratocaster
Serial #: L67476
Remarks: Neck date January 1965. It's a refinished Strat in black custom color. The Kluson tuners are new, the guitar has Schaller strap locks. Bridge is a new Fender replacement part.
Above photo credits: Picture provided by Agusti Magnet from Fendermania in Spain

Type: 1965 Stratocaster
Serial #: L84821
Remarks: This is a very rare custom colour, Ice Blue Metallic. Neck dated June 1965, transitional logo (after CBS take-over).
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1965 Stratocaster
Serial #: L65655
Remarks: This is an Inca Silver Stratocaster in good shape. Neck date October 1965.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction
1966 STRATOCASTER CHARACTERISTICS
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Specs: Headstock logo decal has three patent numbers: 2,741,146, 3,143,028, and DES 169,062. Read all...

 

Type: 1966 Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: None.
Above photo credits: Strat Collector
1967 STRATOCASTER CHARACTERISTICS
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Specs: No significant changes from 1966. The transition logo is still in use. Read all...

 

Type: 1967 Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: None.
Above photo credits: Strat Collector

Type: 1967 Stratocaster ("Marauder/Swinger")
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: A very rare, very unusual guitar. This one-off was built for Fender employee Freddie Tavares. The allusion to "Marauder" is because the Marauder model was supposed to have no visible pickups. Neither has this one. There are four pickups under the pickguard, with each pickup having a 3-way switch for in-phase, out-of-phase or off. The allusion to "Swinger" seems to refer to the "mutated Stratocaster" headstock, that doesn't look like a Swinger headstock either, however.
Above photo credits: Clumsily photographed from "Norman's Rare Guitars" by Norman Harris and David Swartz (see bibliography).
1968-1969 STRATOCASTER CHARACTERISTICS
from www.stratcollector.com
Specs: Headstock logo decal changes to larger, black, curved logo with two patent numbers: 2,741,146 and 3,143,028 and decal is now under the finish instead of above. Kluson Deluxe tuners replaced by "F" style tuners. Polyurethane slowly replaces nitro-cellulose finish (except on the front of the headstock). Read all...

 

Type: 1968 Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Sunburst. Various modifications that don't affect the way it looks. A good example of a '68 Stratocaster.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1968 semi-hollow Stratocaster
Serial #: 189025
Remarks: An extremely rare semi-hollow Stratocaster.
Above photo credits: This picture was scanned from Yasuhiko Iwanade's "The Galaxy of Strats" (see bibliography for details on this amazing book).

Type: 1968 all Rosewood Stratocaster
Serial #: 231697
Remarks: The legendary all-rosewood Stratocaster. Normally, only the fretboard is made of rosewood.
Above photo credits: This picture was scanned from Yasuhiko Iwanade's "The Galaxy of Strats" (see bibliography for details on this amazing book).

Type: The Famous Hendrix/Zappa guitar
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: One of the most infamous guitars of all time. Jimi Hendrix burned this guitar, Frank Zappa bought the remains, and after Frank died his son Dweezil got it. It's been repaired to be playable, and Frank Zappa has recorded with it. It's been heavily modified, in fact it already looks completely different from the 70's "Guitar Player" magazine cover it appeared on when Frank Zappa still had it. But it's very likely a late 60's Stratocaster.
Click here for a more detailed picture of the body.
Above photo credits: Ripped callously from the Official Zappa web site, where it was offered for sale in 2001 by owner Dweezil Zappa for a mere US$ 1,000,000 :-)

 

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