Fender Stratocaster 1964 Dating and Values

John Shults

Posted on September 14 2021

Fender Stratocaster 1964 dating, values, identification. Fender guitar expert.


This Fender Stratocaster 1964 is one of my favorite vintage guitars to come through the shop! It's important to have accurate guitar dating to find out the value of a vintage Fender Stratocaster guitar. I purchased this guitar from the widow of its original owner in Enterprise, Alabama, so we worked together to date the guitar and find out what it's worth.

I'm always a Fender guitar buyer but I am especially looking for nice examples of Fender Stratocaster guitars in all colors. I can help with Fender guitar dating, expert inspection, and fair valuation. You can contact me here to sell a Fender guitar.  

How to date a Fender Stratocaster 

Knowing how to date a Fender Stratocaster accurately is an important step to establishing its value. The steps that I take to date a Fender guitar are Fender serial numbers, neck heel and body cavity dates, potentiometer codes, and features. Fender serial numbers are not the only way to date Fender guitars since they're not necessarily consecutive and they're easily swapped using only a household screwdriver. They're best used in conjunction with the other steps of the process of Fender guitar dating. This Fender Stratocaster has a serial number starting with "L" followed by 44xxx. Our records indicate that Fender used this series in 1964. Here's a link to a Fender Serial Number Lookup.

The next step in how to date a Fender Stratocaster is to check the neck heel and body cavity dates to see if they support the same year as the serial number. The neck heel of this Fender Stratocaster has a stamp that reads "2 JUL 64 B" where 2 = Stratocaster model code (not the day!), JUL = July, 64 = 1964, and B = standard nut width (1 5/8"). The tremolo cavity on the back of the guitar may also have a pencil date visible under the springs. I was not able to get a picture of this date to show you. 

 How old is my Fender Stratocaster? Neck heel ink stamp for how to date Fender Stratocaster guitars.

We can also use the potentiometer codes for how to date a Fender Stratocaster guitar. Potentiometers are variable resistors with knobs that allow a player to control the volume and tone of the signal going to the amp. The codes are visible underneath the pickguard which can be difficult to get to. The potentiometer codes on this guitar read "137 6428" where 137 = manufacturer (CTS), 64 = 1964, and 28 = 28th week of the year. 

How to date a Fender Stratocaster with potentiometer codes

Fender Stratocaster 1964 Values

Now that we know what year this Fender Stratocaster was made and can date each part we can start to find out what it's worth. If you're looking for a professional help with Fender Stratocaster values then you can contact me here: Fender guitar expert. It's important to compare our Fender Stratocaster to guitars currently available with the same level of desirability to the market. Guitar collectors and players will consider the exact year, color, condition, and originality when comparing Fender guitars. We know that this guitar was made in 1964 which is before Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in January of 1965. Stratocasters from this time period are considered "pre-CBS". Some collectors won't consider any Fender guitars made after 1965 so this is a desirable time period. 

The exact color of a Fender guitar is also important to establishing its value. The standard color for Fender Stratocasters is called Sunburst which is a dark outer edge fading to a lighter yellow in the center like this guitar. This is the most common color and least desirable compared to custom color guitars. Here's another Stratocaster finished in a rare custom color called Fiesta Red: Fender Stratocaster 1962 Fiesta Red. Fender Stratocaster values for custom colors are often much higher than similar guitars in Sunburst because the supply is much lower and the demand is much higher.

Sell a Fender Stratocaster Near Me

If you have a Fender Stratocaster 1964 like this one and are interested in where to sell it, I might be the buyer you're looking for. I travel world wide to make in-person deals at fair values for vintage Fender Stratocaster guitars. I can help with how to date a Fender Stratocaster in order to establish a fair value for the guitar. I've recently returned from the UK after buying a Fender Stratocaster 1962 in Fiesta Red. 

You can contact me here to sell a Fender guitar.

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