Fender / Stratocaster / 1961 / Fiesta Red / Guitar

A stunning 1961 Fender Stratocaster with its original Jennings hardshell case?

A guitar with quite the story, the current owner has painstakingly chronicled its story, from the chip shops of Weston Super Mare to Abbey Road. It can be read here.

A truly iconic finish, nothing really encapsulates the early 60s music scene in Britain quite like a Fiesta red Stratocaster. As you can see from the photos, this guitar has been very well cared for with some wear as you'd expect but nothing too extensive. The wear does expose the Dakota red and desert sand that is so often found under these factory Fiesta finishes.  

The neck too, dated October 1961, is nicely worn with a medium thickness feel. There is very little wear on the fretboard. It has been refretted and the board may have been lightly sanded. The back of the neck is well worn and comfortable. 

Plastics and pickguard are well preserved. These nitrate guards are particularly prone to cracking so it's always nice to find one that hasn’t. It has warped a little which is to be expected but everything else is all present and correct.

The saddles are correct as is the other hardware.

Electrically everything is correct. Pots are dated week 34 of 1961. 

The guitar comes with a period correct, Jennings, Selmer hardshell case 

Sonically we run the gamut from smooth neck to biting bridge that never gets too spikey or harsh. The pickups are well balanced accentuating the natural resonance of the guitar. The neck feels very comfortable and the new frets give it a reassuring feel. 

The next question is, what more do you want? Grab it before it gets away.


Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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