Hey folks - I had been thinking of getting an old fender strat for a while. I have a dream like so many of getting a pre-CBS stratocaster and have even played a couple that I was kinda interested in - but the price has always been north of what I have felt comfortable spending on a vintage guitar. I also have been slowly learning more about how to properly date/identify vintage but I am a still in vintage strat's 101 at best. I really am just looking for an nice worn in old strat that I can have as a player throughout my lifetime. So ive tried a couple late 60's strats that are real nice and have considered searching out more. I understand that there were some changes made in 65 after the L series ended and then more down the road. It seems the late 60's / still nitro guitars sit in-between Leo's and CBS's version of a strat and would make for a much more affordable vintage player. It seems that late L series are upwards of around 15-20G, where you can find a 66-69 4 bolt in nitro sometimes for under 10G. Then when you jump to a poly 3 bolt strat the values drops in half again. Anyways - One thing that had me wondering - are late 60's strats any more or less risky as far as having to be careful of fakes - less dangerous water than pre-CBS? Anyone have any good resources for this era - I guess it comes down to knowing stamps/placements/pots/etc like the back of your hand. How about value - seems like these are darn good guitars that just fell off the high end of the collect-ability wagon - though I saw a candy apple red listed for 30G once because it was a "custom color". Anyways - any opinions/insight/ or resources of this period would be great.