This 1965 Fender Stratocaster in custom color Olympic White was the Stratocaster that made me fall in love with Stratocasters! I was so tired of seeing all the people playing Stratocasters and couldn’t figure out why it was so ubiquitous. I knew as soon as I saw this one that I had to have it, mostly because of the color. It didn’t take long after owning and playing it to see why every guitar player I saw was playing one!
Imagine seeing a guitar like this for the first time during its debut in 1954. The Telecaster seems basic to us now but it was revolutionary in its looks and style when it came out in 1950 as the Broadcaster. Four years later, Fender Sales was shopping this striking body style around with its swept look, eye grabbing cutaways, and look! So many pickups. Guitarists have decided in the 65 years since then that this guitar is one of the finest examples electric guitar design.
I love everything about the way this guitar plays and sounds. It has a comfortable weight and fit to your body. The neck is straight with good frets. The original 3 way pickup selector switch is still in place but allows for out of phase selection. In short, it’s nearly perfect!