Fender Stratocaster 1961


Product Code: GS5121

$ 33,500.00
$ 33,500.00

Fender's Stratocaster, specifically the models built prior to 1965, are widely considered by many to be the holy grail of electric guitars. Upon the introduction of the first solid body, the Esquire (Telecaster) in 1949, there were requests for a slightly more contoured body shape and additional bridge saddles for better intonation... thus, the Stratocaster was designed in 1953. This pre-CBS hardtail Strat has the look and feel that all of the modern relics want, but just simply can't have. The guitar has a neck date of February 1961 and a body date of August 1960. This particular example is remarkably clean and in beautiful condition with hardly any playwear for its age. What is there, though, is mostly concentrated around the input jack and some buckle rash on the back. There is also a bit of factory finish touch up on the treble side waist. Still housing its original pickups and '61 pots, this Strat has quite the voice. Comes with its original hard case (in great condition) and case candy (brochure, case key, and polish cloth).


  • Body: Solid Alder
  • Finish: Sunburst/Nitro
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Maple/Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck Thickness: 1st .79” 12th .94”
  • Fingerboard radius: 7.25"
  • Nut width: 1.65"
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Pickups: Original pickups and '61 pots
  • Pickup Impedance: 5.60K neck // 5.84K middle // 5.37K bridge 
  • Bridge: Original hardtail
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
  • Case: Original hard case in great condition

Returns Policy

All products have a 48 hour approval period. You must notify us immediately after the 48 hour has expired and the item must be returned to Carter Vintage Guitars within 7 days after notifying the store. Carter Vintage Guitars is not responsible for any return shipping costs. Items returned outside of the approval period window will be subject to a restocking fee (up to 15%). Items must be returned in the same condition as they left the store. New items must be returned with any and all factory packaging that was included with the product.

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Carter Vintage Guitars can ship almost anywhere! Currently online orders can only be placed within the Continental United States. Please reach out to us for any questions in regard to international shipments.

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All instruments ship fully insured for the full purchase amount.

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