Original and unmolested. The mid to late 60's heralded the third incarnation of Stratocasters. CBS had no intention of cheapening the Fender product, in fact they spent a fair bit of money modernising the plant and tooling to provide for higher and more consistent production. Whether the former is a good thing can be vigorously argued depending on whether you're a shareholder or a player, but without argument the latter is great in anyone's book.
In my view, the many groups of Strats each have a very distinct sound and touch and in many ways the late 60's produced the quintessential Strat. To me they have a more 'Straty' sound which is of course, very hard to articulate in words. I think the tonal range is wider, the top-end ring of the wound strings is much clearer and I think they're probably a bit thicker and less brittle sounding. This is pretty broad and general and all Strat owners know that every single one has it's own personality, so enough of the generalisations and onto this particular Strat's personality ...
This is a mid 1969 Hendrix/Woodstock era Sunburst in supurb condition. A little wear on the back and a virtually unblemished front. Perfect large headstock, decal and super comfortable C neck profile, somewhere between a '54 and a '62. Silky smooth 'F' tuners, Grey-bottom '69 stamped pickups, pots from that big batch of 1966, Pat. Pend saddles, 4 bolt neck. Every so often you get a set of pickups that are so perfectly matched that there is just one continuous tonal shift from treble to bass. No jumpy volume, no distinct movement from one pickup to another - just a magical transition of tonal colour. You don't hear it very often, this Strat is lucky enough to have it. Comes in original hard shell case.
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