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Fender Stratocaster

The most famous guitar in the world?

Vintage Fender Stratocaster advertising

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1954 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Stratocaster - Synchronized tremolo action

Fender Stratocaster - Synchronized tremolo action (1954)
Early Fender advert highlighting the Stratocasters tremolo - 'a flick of the wrist means live, tremolo action' - perfect pitch

Fender Stratocaster - Fender fine electric instruments

Fender Stratocaster - Fender fine electric instruments (1955)
Early Fender advertisement for four pedal steels, three amplifiers, and three electric guitars. At this point in Fender history, it is the pedal steels that top the page; electric guitars are still...

Fender Stratocaster - The most imitated guitar in the world

Fender Stratocaster - The most imitated guitar in the world (1963)
Early sixties Fender advert for three guitars and one bass - the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and Jazz bass, highlighting the design and components that made these guitars: bridges, pickups, etc

Fender Stratocaster - Quality Means Confidence

Fender Stratocaster - Quality Means Confidence (1963)
Early sixties advert for the Fender Jazz bass and the Stratocaster guitar

Fender Stratocaster - Olé

Fender Stratocaster - Olé (1966)
Fender advert from the middle of 1966 for Fender guitars. Featuring the Stratocaster and Jaguar solid-bodies, the Coronado semi-acoustic and the Concert acoustic.

Fender Stratocaster - Fender. What more need we say

Fender Stratocaster - Fender. What more need we say (1971)
just that Fender guitars are played by stars the world over - from big-beat blues to folk music, c&w to acid rock. The greatest guitars in the world
UK Dallas Arbiter (Fender distributor) fe...

Fender Stratocaster - How To Pick a Guitar

Fender Stratocaster - How To Pick a Guitar (1972)
The back is contoured to rest snugly and comfortably on your rib cage and to get your arm in a natural position over the strings.
The upper body is scooped away to let your hand hang...

Fender Stratocaster - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine

Fender Stratocaster - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine (1973)
Soar higher, cruise easier with that far out feeling... Fender Take command and experience the full sound spectrum. You'll go to places you've never been before, with more highs - more lows, and ...

Fender Stratocaster - You Get There Faster on a Fender

Fender Stratocaster - You Get There Faster on a Fender (1974)
Fender Stratocaster guitar, and Quad Reverb amplifier. Another one of Fenders early to mid-seventies adverts featuring brightly coloured illustrations, and equally colourful text
Bumpwell Blue...

Fender Stratocaster - Goldilocks and the three bears

Fender Stratocaster - Goldilocks and the three bears (1975)
...someones playing my Precision bass right now, said baby bear, "and shes's really cookin'!"

Fender Stratocaster - Its A Business Machine

Fender Stratocaster - Its A Business Machine (1977)
It's a business machine. It doesn't matter whether the sound you're into is soul, country or rock. You can't take your band to the top until you take care of business first. And that means picking ...

Fender Stratocaster catalog description

1969 Fender Lovin

The following description is taken from the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog

Looking for that strong, biting sound to make your playing sing? You'll find it in the Stratocaster. Compare and you will see why it has always been one of the favourites with musicians everywhere.

Stratocaster sound is produced by its three adjustable wide-range pick-ups working with two tone controls and a three position switch. Select any of the three positions or even between the natural positions for your own particular sound. For more effects, the Strat has a built-in tremolo (or available without) for variable pitch change.

The Stratocaster contoured body design offers extreme playing comfort ...accomplished by shaping and sculpting the guitar body so it snugs into the body of the player. Also, the front of the guitar is dressed away, providing a firm comfortable arm rest. Its neck is truss-rod reinforced and adjustable for a lifetime of playing pleasure.

Stratocaster pickups are shielded from the noise of lights, signs and other electrical equipment. In addition, six bridges are individually adjustable for string length and height for perfect intonation and custom playing action. It is finished in shaded Sunburst with an attractive white pickguard. It is also available in selected custom colours and left-hand models by special order.

Standard neck width: 15/8" at nut; available 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" by special order

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Vintage 1974 Fender Stratocaster Olympic White Strat

Vintage 1974 Fender Stratocaster Olympic White Strat

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1974 Fender Stratocaster in Olympic white turned yellow. Great condition and all original except for the back cover. Weighs 7 pounds 11 6 ounces. Stagger pole pickups with 3 way switch. Frets are in excellent condition and have lots of life. Original case included. Please email questions.
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1979 Fender Stratocaster With Original Hardshell Case

1979 Fender Stratocaster With Original Hardshell Case

Elmhurst, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Revolution Music is proud to present this Beautiful, 1979, Black on Black Fender Stratocaster in great condition. This vintage beast oozes with mojo. There is honest wear throughout. The guitar has some kinks, scratches, & chips. It sounds amazing. Original Hardshell Case with 2 broken latches included.


Shipping in the continental USA will be by FedEx Ground or ... more
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1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster. The body has been professionally refinished by Joe Riggio in blue ice metallic. One of my favorite 60s colors! Joe absolutely nailed this color and has the exact mix. He did a very light Relic on it with some nice checking and some wear tastefully applied in a few places

Video: https: / / youtu be / Z98Zxk1-DU?si=xfIQ8pNbI4QjoGjK

The neck has a September 1966 date, but it has the smaller pre-CBS headstock. A few small headstock Stratocaster ... more
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1977 Fender Stratocaster  Electric Guitar Natural Hardtail

1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural Hardtail

Billerica, Massachusetts, 018**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Beautiful and ALL ORIGINAL. Have a look at the pics and contact me anytime with any questions. Glad to talk about this near dead mint axe.

All dates and codes explained in the pictures.


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This 1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar is a stunning vintage piece that will take you back in time. Crafted with a natural ash body, maple neck, and fretboard, it features a 21-fret design with a 6 string ... more
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1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Cady Apple Red Custom color Original 65

1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Cady Apple Red Custom color Original 65

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Stratocaster early custom color Candy Apple red 100 % Original, nothing touched, all the solder Joints are untouched. Gray bottom pickups have the original winds, Green pick guard early 65' pot dates. No routes, extra holes, touchups or repairs. The original Large frets are in great shape. A true collector grade instrument. Comes with the original no logo black case. This is an Extremely rare Vintage guitar. Buyer is responsible for all shipping.... more
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1974 Fender Stratocaster

1974 Fender Stratocaster

Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 154**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Fender Stratocaster from 1974 is a vintage electric guitar with a natural solid body. It is a right-handed model with a 6 string configuration. The brand is Fender and the series is also Fender Stratocaster

The guitar was made in the United States and is in great playing condition. The model year is 1974 and it is perfect for collectors or musicians looking for a unique sound. This guitar is a great addition to any collection and a must-have for any serious Fender enthusiast ... more
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1979 Fender Stratocaster " Mocha"

1979 Fender Stratocaster " Mocha"

Encinitas, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1979 Fender Strat in "MOCHA "
I really love this color on these vintage strats , and with the black guards they look alot
like the all Rosewood Strats and Tele's that fender did in the late 60's
This guitar is issue free and ready to go
Has real nice playwear with plenty of MOJO
It even has the cigarette burn on the headstock :)
It plays effortlessly and has some really , really nice sounding pickups
OHSC included
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1979 Fender Stratocaster

1979 Fender Stratocaster

Encinitas, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a very clean 1979 Fender Stratocaster
This have has aged very nicely giving it loads of swagger
This is a no issue guitar that is all original
Comes houses in its OHSC complete with hang tags
This is a fabulous sounding and playing guitar
Priced nice too-
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1967-1970 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case Vintage

1967-1970 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case Vintage

Iola, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1967-1970 Fender Guitar Case. In excellent condition for its age, with some wonderful patina that comes with the age I tried to capture the overall condition the best I could in the photos, including any wear
All original, all latches and hardware work as they should. Everything closes nicely and lines up well. This has spent most of its life in a closet, and has been preserved quite well. It has no funny smells to it, and has been stored in a climate controlled, smoke free ... more
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Vintage Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Natural 1979

Vintage Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Natural 1979

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Natural 1979
An excellent player's grade hardtail Strat upgraded with a brass bridge & nut along with Schaller diecast tuners. A smokin' player with a great vibe & killer tone! Professionally set up & ready to rock straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Various little nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches & some finish wear. Overall the ... more
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Vintage 1960s "No Logo" Fender Stratocaster Black Case Pre-CBS 1963 64

Vintage 1960's "No Logo" Fender Stratocaster Black Case Pre-CBS 1963 64

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1960's Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Case
Thanks for looking! I am 1 / 2 the price of my competitors.
This is a very nice early 60's "no logo" case correct.
This arrived to us with an all original 60's Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster
Correct for your killer high dollar PRE-CBS P-bass, it's also RARE. Fully original with all original latches and tolex
Handle appears is metal the covering is worn off. (Rivets and handle mounting brackets are ... more
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Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster with OHSC - Plays, Sounds, Looks great!

Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster with OHSC - Plays, Sounds, Looks great!

Ramona, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster with OHSC - Plays, Sounds, Looks great!
A few small dings but in fantastic condition for the age. Comes with original case, trem arm and case info.
Lots of fret life left and great setup!
Weighs in at 9 4 lbs.... more
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1974 Fender Stratocaster USA Natural Hardtail Maple neck vintage excellent orig

1974 Fender Stratocaster USA Natural Hardtail Maple neck vintage excellent orig

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1974 Fender Stratocaster USA Natural Hardtail Maple neck vintage excellent all original She weighs in at 8lbs .05oz3-way switch sounds awesome very clean example. SN #564607The sought after maple neck is in excellent condition with some minor wear on the frets (see photos)Sounds and looks great and plays so easy. Please feel free to ask questions
Please note that the handling charge is for shipping insurance only. Local pick up is welcome... more
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1959 Fender Stratocaster Life Size Cardboard Promo 1987 NBT Keri Kelli

1959 Fender Stratocaster Life Size Cardboard Promo 1987 NBT Keri Kelli

Lake Forest, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage and very rare life-size shaped cardboard fender Stratocaster. This was owned by rock guitarist Keri Kelli. It was purchased at a family estate sale. Made in 1987. Size is 37?? x 12 1 / 2??... more
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original 1957 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst w / orig. tweed case

original 1957 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst w / orig. tweed case

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this early 1957 Fender Stratocaster in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with a "V" profile and good frets. All parts are original to this Strat and it is 100% complete along with its original tremolo arm, bridge cover and tweed hardshell case. The neck dates to February 1957, pots dating to January 1957 and the body date of December 1956. The pickup covers and knobs are the earlier "bakelite" ... more
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1979 Fender Stratocaster

1979 Fender Stratocaster

Tarrytown, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1979 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition with very minimal signs of wear throughout the instrument. This guitar is almost completely original with the only alterations being the pickups have been replaced with white covered Dimarzio strat pickups. The original pickups are included in the case. This guitar was constructed with an ash body, maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. 1 62" nut width, .98" thickness at the first fret, 1 06" thickness at the twelfth fret and weighs... more
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Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster 25th Anniversary Electric Guitar USA

Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster 25th Anniversary Electric Guitar USA

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is an all original 1979 Fender Stratocaster 25th anniversary electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 2576XX. This beauty is in excellent condition. It has a few small nicks and scratches. The neck is straight with good action. The frets are in good shape. All of the electronics work as they should. Included is the original hard shell case and bridge cover. It doesn't have any paperwork. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
Please feel free to ask me any ... more
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1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60s Fender Case

1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60's Fender Case

Redondo Beach, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1964 Stratocaster It's in Excellent Condition and it plays and sounds amazing The neck is a B shape / size or more commonly known as a "Fast C" (see picture on butt of neck). When I bought it in 1996, the body had been routed for a humbucker in the bridge and refinished. In 2006, my friend (Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming)did me the honor of filling in the humbucker route (back to an SSS config--see picture). He refinished and relic-ed it in Black Nitro at the Custom ... more
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1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Hardtail w /  Bag (Pre-Owned)

1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Hardtail w / Bag (Pre-Owned)

San Rafael, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Hardtail w / Bag (Pre-Owned) 1977 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Hardtail w / Bag (Pre-Owned)
Pre-Owned 1977 Fender Stratocaster - Hardtail w / Bag
Good ConditionRecently Refretted and set up by Hugo MermetGuitar was originally SunburstRefinished  natural clear coatSN# ... more
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Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster  3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to present this 1966 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with a 3-Color Sunburst Finish! The 1966 Fender Stratocaster, adorned in its iconic 3-Color Sunburst finish, represents a pinnacle of vintage allure, embodying the spirit of classic rock 'n' roll. Fashioned from premium woods, its balanced resonance and double-cutaway design offer not only ... more
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1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.