1966

1966

Post CBS

In 1965 in Fender there was a sort of revolution, owing to the change of the property. The new owner became Columbia Broadcasting System, called briefly, CBS. The revolution wasnt only in the company, but also in the manufacture of the instruments, and the product of our review is an evident demonstration of the new standards after the arrival of CBS.
Obviously, are not so easily recognizable the guitars that have been manufactured before the 1965 and those of the subsequent period, except for a particular: the huge headstock! Someone declares that a great headstock increases the sustain, but probably it's a legend, while some others, perhaps with a bit of malice, think that the only reason of a so big headstock is for a bigger name!

General features

The 1966 has a Rosewood keyboard with position markers in artificial mother-of-pearl and 21 frets. The neck is in Maple, with satin finish. The Alder body is painted with nitrocellulose varnishing. The pickguard is in three layers.

The painting before and after the 1968

As regards the painting, the half of the '60s has been a period of transition. The decisive year is the 1968. Before the 1968 the nitrocellulose painting was the favourite system, while, after the 1968, Fender started to use the polyester. Moreover, always in this period, exactly in the 1965, born the metalized painting, also for a musical instrument.

The bridge and the pickups with differentiated poles

The bridge is a classic steel tremolo with the logo on the saddles. The 3 American Strats come with differentiated poles in the height and are handled with the usual 5-way position switch.

Openly Vintage

The Vintage soul is in the look, in the finish, but above all in the sound. Controls are very efficient and allow to vary from tone to tone with a remarkable simplicity. The sound is the classic "loaded" of the '60s, perhaps too much present, but in line with the taste of those years, so it's not a defect.

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