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Pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster (1954-1965)

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Pre CBS Stratocasters are guitar gold, produced in the fifties and sixties to a really high standard, they are the choice of collectors and musicians. They are not cheap, but then again, they are the 'real thing' in guitar terms.

With the sale of Fender to CBS in 1965, there was a percieved drop in the quality of the guitar, and it fell out of favour and could have disappeared completely were it not for Jimmy Hendrix and his axe antics. Consequently, any Strats made prior to the CBS buyout are highly sort after, for their quality and tone.

eBay is where some of the best Pre-CBS guitars can be found, but if you're looking for one via the auction site, be certain to check into it thoroughly. As these guitars are so expensive, it is advisable to try and actually see it before you pay a five figure sum for it. Also keep an eye out for mislabled reissues in with the Pre-CBS strats, they sometimes creep in thanks to listing errors by the sellers.

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Find Pre CBS At eBay

Listed below are Pre CBS available via eBay. Please note that Custom Vintage Guitar has no control over the items listed, you will need to deal with the individual ebay sellers yourself.

Price Time Left
Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 $6,584.00 3h 10m
Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler1238 Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler1238 $6,583.00 3h 44m
Vintage 1964 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst W/ OHSC! Vintage 1964 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst W/ OHSC! $17,499.00 4h 14m
Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series 1958 Stratocaster NOS   Yuriy Shishkov Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series 1958 Stratocaster NOS Yuriy Shishkov $5,645.00 18h 16m
Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Fiesta Red Used  FREE Shipping Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Fiesta Red Used FREE Shipping $5,050.00 18h 20m
Fender CS Builder Select MBS 63 Stratocaster Aged White By Yuriy Shiskov Fender CS Builder Select MBS 63 Stratocaster Aged White By Yuriy Shiskov $8,392.00 18h 21m
Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Black Used  FREE Shipping Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Black Used FREE Shipping $5,051.00 19h 26m
Fender Custom Shop MBS 1956 Stratocaster Relic Sunburst built by Mark Kendrick Fender Custom Shop MBS 1956 Stratocaster Relic Sunburst built by Mark Kendrick $5,990.00 1d 1h 43m
Fender Custom Shop Master Build 1956 Stratocaster NOS Used Electric Guitar F/S Fender Custom Shop Master Build 1956 Stratocaster NOS Used Electric Guitar F/S $6,963.00 1d 4h 10m
Fender CS MBS 64 Stratocaster Closet Classic Master Built   Dennis Galuszka Fender CS MBS 64 Stratocaster Closet Classic Master Built Dennis Galuszka $6,758.00 1d 6h 10m
Fender CS Custom Shop '04 Master Built 1954 Stratocaster Relic Built   John Cruz Fender CS Custom Shop '04 Master Built 1954 Stratocaster Relic Built John Cruz $6,165.00 1d 6h 11m
Fender Custom Shop L-SERIES 1964 STRAT Super Heavy Relic RW -LPB New Fender Custom Shop L-SERIES 1964 STRAT Super Heavy Relic RW -LPB New $7,577.00 1d 15h 37m
Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster Relic Daphne Blue   CZ532169 New Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster Relic Daphne Blue CZ532169 New $5,621.00 1d 18h 4m
Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster Relic Shell Pink   CZ530543 New Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster Relic Shell Pink CZ530543 New $5,621.00 1d 18h 6m
Fender CS MBS 1960 Stratocaster Relic Brazilian Rosewood Limited 3TS Master 2006 Fender CS MBS 1960 Stratocaster Relic Brazilian Rosewood Limited 3TS Master 2006 $8,835.00 1d 18h 51m
Fender CS MBS 1960 Stratocaster Relic Brazilian Rosewood Limited OWT Master 2006 Fender CS MBS 1960 Stratocaster Relic Brazilian Rosewood Limited OWT Master 2006 $8,835.00 1d 18h 53m
Fender USA MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler Fender USA MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler $7,200.00 1d 19h 1m
Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Black From Japan Guitar/581 Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Black From Japan Guitar/581 $6,299.00 1d 19h 54m
Fender Custom Shop Master Built 1964 Stratocaster Relic Built By Greg Fess E1955 Fender Custom Shop Master Built 1964 Stratocaster Relic Built By Greg Fess E1955 $5,837.00 1d 20h 42m
Fender Custom Shop Master Built 1955 Stratocaster Relic by Greg Fender Custom Shop Master Built 1955 Stratocaster Relic by Greg $6,390.00 1d 23h 23m

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