Dating early pantograph
The finish is original and in good conditions, with some checking and heavy wear on the back, which goes down to the wood. The wear-pattern and a small additional plugged hole from another strap-button on the lower horn, reveal that the previous owner was left-handed and used the guitar upside-down, la Hendrix.
All the parts are original: bridge, tuners, circuitry, staggered-pole pickups, potentiometers, three-way selector switch, plastic parts, etc.
The three-way switch currently installed is new (but with the old original tip), but the original one is in the case, it's broken and I don't know if it can be fixed - but I think it's not impossible.
Everything else is 100% original, including pots, screws, knobs, tremolo arm, bridge and saddles, spring-cover on the back. The flamed neck makes this old Strat really special.
The fingerboard shows some wear, but the frets are still in decent condition with lots of room for bending and a nice and easy action.
The sound is great, hot and well-balanced, with the right amount of grit you'll expect from a '50s maple-neck Strat.
Another wonderful Pre-CBS Strat, with an incredible flamed maple neck with brazilian rosewood board and clay dots.
This guitar, besides its striking beauty and great sound, has some transitional peculiarities: its three pickups are all dated Oct 15th '64, but one is an old-style black-bottom with yellow stamped date, the middle one is an early grey-bottom with the same yellow stamp (and that's the first time I see a grey-bottom pickup with the yellow stamped date), and the third one is a grey-bottom with the same date, but penciled instead... Another almost-transitional feature is the pickguard, one of the earliest white guards introduced in late '64, instead of the green one more commonly associated with Spaghetti Logo and clay dots.
This white plastic guard is surely original and a bit warped but still in good shape, with the usual crack next to the neck pickup screws.