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1965 strat with a F on the serial number plate

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by audetnelson1, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. audetnelson1

    audetnelson1 Strat-Talker

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    Is it possible to have a 1965 strat with a F on the serial number back plate?
     
  2. guitar1981

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    You mean the large "F" in the middle of the plate? If so, yes.
     
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    yes. i ask it because i see 1965 with F and no F ... probably early and lately 65 ? lately 65 have the F ?
     
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    if i understand correctly on the serial number identification a serial number over 100 000 to 200 000 is a 66-67 strat? i see one with the F with serial 104419 and it is sold as a 65 ....
     
  5. guitar1981

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    Traditionally speaking, that is the general rule of thumb. Most early 1965 Strats will have an L plate on them, but I have seen L plates on small headstock 65's with May neck dates.
     
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    There's really no rhyme or reason to the serial numbers. There's just general guidelines. The serial number is the last thing I look at when evaluating a vintage Strat.
     
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    ok. i'm new and i have the choice between 2 65 strat
     
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    Post links or photos. I'm sure the folks on here will be more than happy to steer you in the right direction.
     
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  9. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster

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    That seems likely to be legit. If the rest of the guitar checks out, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  10. audiosway

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    They started F plates somewhere around the late fall in 65. There is no exact time because of the transition and the way they just grabbed plates. It wasn't like where they had to retool to build the parts.
     
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    The L series CAR out ranks the sunburst one in value. But they're both built by same wood and quality and same pickups.
     
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    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster

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    For what it's worth, as far as I know, Guitarpoint is a solid and knowledgable dealer. I took a serious look at a Strat they had a while back. It all checked out and they knew their stuff.
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd agree - the RED!
     
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    have you seen CAR in person? I don't really care for it. It's one of the most common custom colors for Jaguars. If you like it, then go for it!
     
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    I know the owner Detlef very well. He's one of the best in the business. I wouldn't worry about purchasing anything from him. I guarantee it's exactly as advertised. You just need to decide if you want to pay more for a color.

    The prices seems a bit high to me, but I'm not familiar with what Strats sell for over there. We get them much cheaper in the USA.

    Good luck!
     
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    My '65 small headstock Jazzmaster has F neck plate
     
  17. guitar1981

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    F plates are more common in 1965 IMO.
     
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    You could save a bunch of $ an get my 69/70 Candy Apple Red, its got an F plate and majors in mojo;0 image.jpeg
     
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    Is it historically accurate to have a 1965 small headstock Stratocaster with a transitional logo and yet an "F" neckplate?
     
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