Thanks, and from what I can tell, the '60 series Classic Strats all had white trem covers.
I normally don't buy used guitars online as I've had some bad luck in the past. But I've always wanted a Classic '60s Strat w/rosewood board and since they're discontinued, used is the only way to go.
I know the new Vintera models are available and I almost went that route. They look really nice and I can't imagine the Pau Ferro board would feel much different than rosewood. But I decided to be patient and keep an eye out for a '60s Classic Series instead.
Well my patience paid off. I recently found a Classic '60s Strat on the Bay in excellent condition and grabbed it. Came with a non-Fender hard-shell case which I'm fine with, much better than a bag imo.
The verdict: I have to say I'm in love. She plays beautiful and sounds like a Strat should. Can't put the thing down. Just a joy to play and no dead spots or buzzing. I can do full bends on the 7.25 board and she doesn't fret-out and the rosewood looks beautiful.
The color is called Cerulean Blue which wouldn't have been my first choice but now that I've had her for a few weeks the color is growing on me. It's hard to describe but its kind of a more turquoise than blue, kind of in between green and blue like a very pastel kind of blue.
Anyway, being a used guitar and my poor luck in the past with used instruments, I have a couple questions. Like what's the protocol for going through a recently purchased used guitar from online? Is there anything I should do right now to make sure she's totally legit?
The seller seemed very nice and I have no reason to think I've been scammed. But I have been duped in the past buying online and this guitar wasn't cheap. I paid $700 plus shipping and feel that was kind of high for a MIM Strat. But she's in excellent condition with no fret wear and plastic still on the pickguard.
So I posted some pics and just wanted to ask if you see anything unusual and perhaps give me some advice on what y'all would do after acquiring a nice used guitar like this, other than play her a lot.
Thanks for all the compliments, she weighs just under 8 lbs. Actually 7 lbs. 14 oz.s to be exact (according to my scale).
One thing I thought was odd is that although the pickguard is mint green, the trem cover on the back is white. Does anyone know if that's how these came?
I have to ask though about your avatar photo with the blue headstock. What the heck is that all about? I really think that's cool. A Strat in that color with matching headstock would be too cool. Is that something that's offered or some yesteryear thing? Excuse me if it's a dumb question, I have never seen that before....