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Another wonderful Pre-CBS Strat, with an incredible flamed maple neck with rosewood board and clay dots. Spaghetti logo (intact), small headstock with beautiful wood figure,  Kluson Deluxe "double line" tuners, "L" serial number. Neck date is September 1964, pot date is 28th week of '64. This guitar, besides its striking beauty and great sound, has some peculiarity: its three pickups are all dated Oct 15th '64, but one is a black-bottom with yellow stamped date, the middle one is an early grey-bottom with the same yellow stamp (and that's the first time I see a grey-bottom pickup with the yellow stamped date!), and the third one is a grey-bottom with penciled date... a perfect transition from black-bottom to grey. Another almost-transitional feature is the pickguard, a very early white guard instead of the green one you'd expect to find, surely original and a bit warped but in good shape, with the usual crack next to the neck pickup screws. Gorgeous sunburst finish in excellent condition, just a little belt-buckle wear and some fading of the red beneath the right arm, and a few scratches and dings on the body edges (all shown in pictures).  The three-way switch is new (with the original tip), but the original one is in the case, it's broken and I don't know if it can be fixed. Everything else is 100% original, including pots, screws, knobs, tremolo arm, bridge and saddles, spring-cover on the back. Original Fender case in black tolex, correct for the year but probably coming from a Jaguar or Jazzmaster (it's slightly larger and with a square-sized pocket). 

Many more pictures below:
strat64 - in case - body1 - body2 - body3 - back - body back - headstock - circuitry - pickup1 - pickup2 - pickup3 - pots - knobs - bridge - neck date - neck pocket - jack - springstuner - flame1 - flame2 - flame3 - wear1 - wear2 - logo