1964 Fender Pre-CBS Original Vintage Stratocaster Clay Dot Inlays Strat 60's
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Overview

For many collectors, 1964 was an absolute peak year for Fender Stratocasters. CBS took control of the firm in early 1965, and the original quality associated with the brand eventually began to deteriorate. In some cases, the CBS-era drift towards more mass production techniques already started creeping in in late 1964. While changes such as a new headstock logo and a switch from clay to pearloid inlay dots can be found in some late '64 instruments, early and mid-'64 Stratocasters remain extremely sought-after guitars. In some ways the '64 Strat can be seen as the culmination of the initial era of Fender design and production.

Years of Production: 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: One detail that does vary within '64 Strats is the headstock logo. Early '64 Strats feature a thinner "Spagetti" Fender logo, while later guitars feature a bolder "Transition" logo. Also by later 1964, clay inlay dots were replaced by ones made from Pearloid. 

Body Style: Solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with veeneer Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for '60s Fenders. Rare and custom finishes can substantially increase the value. 

Notable Players:  Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Stratocaster
Finish
  • Black
  • Blonde
  • Burgundy Mist
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Charcoal Frost
  • Dakota Red
  • Fiesta Red
  • Firemist Gold
  • Inca Silver
  • Lake Placid Blue
  • Olympic White
  • Seafoam Green
  • Sonic Blue
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1964
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Alder
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Color Family
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Gold
  • Green
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Sunburst
  • White
  • Yellow
Finish Style
  • Gloss
  • Metallic
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Series
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
  • Plain

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