This Pre Owned Fender 1961 Stratocaster in Dakota Red finish is a guitar that over the years has been loved and more importantly played. This isn't a mint condition masterpiece but if you're looking for something unique and this sits within you budget, then it's a solid investment.

The previous owner purchased this guitar in April 1975 and has played professionally with it since, hence the 'road worn' appearance. It was re-finished by the original owner (pre 1975) to what you see today. It has been re-fretted in the late 70's by Rob Armstrong here in Coventry. At the same time he lacquered over the neck. We believe the pickups to be original but the bridge pick up failed in the late 1970's and was re-wound to the original spec by a company based in the Midlands.

We have taken time to really get to know this guitar in our workshop before listing and have taken lots of internal photos (available on request). There have certainly been replacement parts over the years but like we said, this has been a players guitar for years. The tuners have been replaced as the originals were no longer useable.

The big Fender fans might even recognise the signature on the underside of the scratch plate. To us, we think it reads 'Mary' but again we have no way of knowing for sure. The volume pot is original but both tone pots were replaced over the years with CTS ones. The pickup selector has also been replaced more than once over the gigging years. At the moment the frets are worn but still playable.

It has an old non original flight case for safe transportation. Tremolo arm not pictured but in the case. We've given it a full set up and health check in our workshop and it's now ready to find a new home.

Serial Number: 72184
Weight: 7.9lbs
Made in USA
Neck stamped - 10/61

This instrument is viewable by appointment in our showroom - 02476 635766

Pre Owned Equipment is often subject to some wear depending on age and how well it has been looked after. Any significant cosmetic damage is shown in the photos so please take the time to look through and make sure you are happy with the condition before buying. Please see the description of this item for details.

Listed2 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Stratocaster with Rosewood Fretboard
  • Dakota Red
  • 1961
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
Color Family
  • Red
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Finish Features
  • Refinished
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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