Fender / Stratocaster Hardtail / 1966 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

Sometimes a 1966 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail is what you need…

Built alongside their tremolo loaded brethren from 1954, some consider these guitars an improvement on the design. 

This guitar is great shape with just a few minor bumps and knocks. The sunburst finish looks great, having worn in that way that so compliments the finish and the look of the guitar. The current owner has had this guitar since 1968 and its been through some minor changes. The body has been repaired under the pickguard to fill in a battery route and soem modification to the control cavity. This work was carried out by Angela Arnott. She also refinished under the guard and removed shielding paint from the cavity. 

The neck is in great shape. Its been refreted many times and the fretboard is in great condition. The back of the neck has been shaved and refinished. The headstock has the original Fender logo but the Stratocaster and  contour body decals are recent additions. The headstock has been over sprayed. 

Under the hood we find classic grey bottom pickups in brilliant shape with no rewinds at all. Pots are correct. The wiring and switch are new. 

The pickguard has had two switch holes repaired. Hardware is in good condition with some minor corroison.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case.

As mentioned previously, there are players (who include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd) who prefer the sound of a hardtail Stratocaster. The more direct contact the string has with the wood of the body adds that little bit extra sustain. This guitar does not disappoint with plenty of Strat tone on tap.

For those of you who don't need a tremolo but want that tone, this guitar certainly delivers. Grab it before it gets away…

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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