Description: 1966 Fender Stratocaster guitar
1966 brought a number of changes to the Fender Stratocaster, as the company was now under CBS control. CBS/Fender was trying to streamline production and made some changes to make guitars faster. The biggest change is the size of the peghead, which is now much larger than the pre December 1965 "small peghead" shape. Also the neck plate now a "F-series" serial number format (a large script "F" stamped into the metal neck plate).
Serial numbers on the "f" plate range from 100000 to 110000 for late 1965 and 110000 to 200000 for 1966 (on the neck plate). If you need to figure out the exact year of your Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general features of the guitar. The serial number is located on the back metal neck plate. See the Fender Serial Number Info web page for help determining the year.
If you have a vintage Fender Stratocaster guitar for sale, please let me know. I am a private vintage guitar collector (not a store), and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Late 1965 Fender Stratocaster specs:
1966 Fender Stratocaster specs:
A 2-letter paint code ("ES" in this case) was sometimes used during the CBS era
to tell the paint booth this body was to be sprayed a custom color. Note this is
different than a 4-digit number code or 3-letter code (often reflecting a factory refin).
"ES" means "Entered Special" which was a special order for a particular store, artist,
or for Fender's use at the NAMM show. Fender did not use the "ES" stamp for all custom color
bodies during the CBS era, but just for very special orders, customers or special occasions.
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