They’re the best at what they do, and they pour all of their passion, hard-earned knowledge and skill into every instrument they build.It’s no ordinary place, and the creations that come from it are no ordinary instruments. For players who wish to create a completely custom instrument—anything from a humbucking pickup-equipped banjo to a custom-engraved aluminum-bodied Strat®—we offer Masterbuilt, a singular experience working one-on-one with one of our Master Builders.As mentioned, the CBS take-over is often considered as a negative turning point in the history of Fender, which is nonsense of course!
So, we put a pristine original example under the microscope to uncover the intriguing spec details that set the earliest Strats apart from their latter-day descendants…Now here’s a curious thing.
From Buddy Holly to Mark Knopfler, so many celebrated guitarists have used Strats over the years that the sleek, twin-horned outline of the Strat is as familiar as the back of your hand.
The prefix "CL" and "CLF" stand for "Clarence Leo" and "Clarence Leo Fender", respectively. The George Fullerton model, which when changed to 4-bolt neck attachment, continued with serial numbers using the prefix "GF", for "George Fullerton" until discontinued.
Enthusiasts interested in production dates and serialization are well advised to visit Guitars By to research the registry and accompanying text.
You know it when you play one—it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts.