I need help valuing this 1965/1966 Fender Strat...it's pretty awesome :)

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  1. SinglecutGuy

    SinglecutGuy Supporting Member

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    My shop took in about 40 guitars yesterday that we're selling on consignment for a local estate. Among some very cool gems that came in, was this 1965/66 Fender Strat. I need some help valuing it! I'm calling it a 1966 officially, as the pickups are labeled 1966 and the neck plate serial labels it 1966, while it's made from 1965 parts.

    It plays it plays it plays it plays. Awesome tone, awesome feel.

    Here's the particulars...

    Neck Date: 13 DEC 65 B
    Serial Number:125899
    Pot codes: 137-6549 (65')
    Pickups/wiring: All original cloth wiring and tape.
    Pickup dates: 3-11-66
    Original finish (under the pickguard, it's a very obvious Lake Placid Blue, and the paddle mark is perfect)
    Original frets/nut (pretty sure on this one)
    Original Case (latches work)


    Mentionables: Original tuners were changed, but the originals ARE included in the case. The Low-E saddle is not original, the original is not included. The middle tone pot has been replaced, original included and assumed to not be working. Electronics are clean, and sound great. Setup is pretty decent, and plays well. Neck appears to be at proper relief, frets have a good lifespan left with minor wear. Body has scattered dings and dents, nothing major but there is playwear as you can see.

    What should I be asking for this guy?
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  2. fezz parka

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    Custom color '66 Strat and case with very minor issues. 8k to 12k, depending on how fast you want to sell it.
     
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    IDK but she's a beauty and I'd replace those tuners with vintage style before you try to sell it. The ones on there now look horrible and take away from the magic.
     
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    Are those 10mm tuners?
     
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    Is it a refin?

    That neck has been on & off........the whole guitar needs to be authenticated imo....every last detail matters a whole lot.
     
  7. fezz parka

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    Good eye on the neck screws. Extra string tree too.
     
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    Id be comfortable at 6.5k and retail is around 7-10k if you can get that. With things replaced and it being LPB and not knowing the history its tough. If it were all original Id pay 9k.
     
  9. SinglecutGuy

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    The original tuners are included and are in the case as noted in the original post.

    I'm confident in saying this is the original finish. The paddle mark is in the neck pocket, and the color difference between the cavities and the exterior body is consistent with LPB and the age.

    Yes, the neck has been on and off. This was played, so I'm assuming that's to adjust the neck. I would imagine over the past 50 years that it's needed its share of neck adjustments.
     
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  10. SinglecutGuy

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    Yes, I forgot to mention the extra string tree!
     
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    And hope those Schallers are 11/32. By looking at them I'd say they're 10mm.
     
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    First of all, please call it a 66 Strat. That's what it is. It is very common for a vintage Fender to have slightly earlier dated parts, but you date a guitar by it's most recent part (assuming all is original).

    I'd place the value in the $10-12k range. Probably $15K or more without the modifications.
     
  13. SinglecutGuy

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    It shall henceforth be called a 1966.
     
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    Those tuners look aweful. It looks like you have size adapters inside the holes.
     
  15. Ian Anderson

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    I have a friend working on buying a 66 right now. It's a Sunburst that's very clean and original and it's $10k from a very reputable shop. I would be very leery of a custom color strat. Many many Thousands of those guitars have been Buggered up and refinished over the years. You should have it checked out by an expert to verify the body and paint are original. Or post some good detailed gut shots of the body and neck particularly the routes, the Back trek cavity route, and the neck route. Unoriginal custom color commands a hefty price over the Sunburst.

    Awesome guitar!
     
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    The head stock looks kinda funny. LIke the big fat post CBS headstock but with the smaller Fender letters. Did they do this?
     
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    I was thinking the headstock looked strange also. Were the big headstocks used by mid 60's?
     
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    It's cool how the clear coat has yellowed a bit which makes the LPB look almost like Ocean Turquoise.
     
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    Yes that logo was used in 66. I have a sunburst from Feb 66 with that logo.
     

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