Fender / Stratocaster / 1966 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

As with many historic events, the transition of the Fender brand over to CBS was not like flipping a switch and even though the pre-CBS instruments are held in high regard, post 1965 instruments still hold a lot of that Leo Fender magic. Here is a case in point, 1966 Fender with larger headstock and transitional logo with a lot going for it.

The finish still has that nitro gloss that accentuates the shades of the sunburst, worn in all the expected places. Interestingly, this body is painted using the older, some would say more elegant, traditional method by spraying the yellow part of the sunburst rather than dipping the body in yellow stain to create the ‘target burst’. There is some forearm and lower bout wear with the back showing buckle rash giving this guitar a well used look. 

The neck has retained some of its high gloss finish with wear around the 3rd and 5th frets, the headstock shows only slight signs of wear with the logo mostly intact. The fretboard is in good shape, the original frets have plenty of life left in them. There is a factory scrape in the neck pocket which was done post finish, more than likely to get the neck to sit better.

The plastics as you'd expect have faded a little but there is not too much wear. Two of the pickup covers are a slightly darker shade than the other.

The electronics have been changed. The correct grey bottom pickups are present but the pots and switch were very neatly changed some time in the 70s, the pot codes indicating 1976. This could have been done by Fender themselves by the look of the work though we have no way of verifying this. The brown ground lead is a later addition.

The guitar comes with its correct Black Tolex case which like the guitar is in mighty fine condition.

Many of those classic Strat tones live in these mid-60's guitars. These guitars really deliver a fantastic tone that hasn't yet drifted too far towards the thinner end of the spectrum and still retains some of the fullness of the earlier incarnation Fender singe coils. 

A great looking guitar with tone to match, if you're looking for that Hendrix tone, look no further.

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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