The 1970's CBS era bought a raft of changes for many models across the Fender catalog, with redesigns of their classic instruments and the introduction of a range of new models. This 1974 Fender Stratocaster is a perfect example of an early '70s Fender guitar, and shows that the CBS era produced some fantastic guitars.
This '74 Stratocaster is finished in a Black factory custom colour, which both looks the part and certainly adds to its desirability. This guitar is constructed from a Maple neck and fretboard and an Alder body. This Stratocaster is good weight, unlike many mid '70s Fender instruments, and has a comfortable '70s style 'C' shaped profile, which is actually on the slightly flatter side. All the typical early '70s features are there, with the larger headstock design, three bolt 'F' stamped neck plate and bullet truss rod.
This guitar is in very good condition, with some minor signs of play wear and lacquer checking to the front and rear of the body, along with a yellowing of the headstock lacquer. The original pickups are present and correct, and feature the black bobbins found on a number of examples from this period. The two original pots show a date code of 137 7337, although the volume pot has been replaced, along with the capacitor. This guitar also includes its original Fender hard case.
As with all our instruments, this 1974 Fender Stratocaster has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.