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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.

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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 $7,282.00 48m
Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 $6,512.00 5h 48m
Fender Custom Shop 60s Stratocaster Relic w/Floyd Rose Master built by John Cruz Fender Custom Shop 60s Stratocaster Relic w/Floyd Rose Master built by John Cruz $6,700.00 8h 33m
Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series John Cruz 1957 Stratocaster Relic Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series John Cruz 1957 Stratocaster Relic $7,524.00 8h 42m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood “10” ’61 Strat Heavy Relic Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood “10” ’61 Strat Heavy Relic $5,599.00 18h 14m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood “10” ’61 Strat Heavy Relic Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood “10” ’61 Strat Heavy Relic $5,599.00 18h 36m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,299.00 18h 38m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,099.00 18h 38m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’61 Strat Heavy Relic $5,139.00 18h 38m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’55 Strat Heavy Relic $5,199.00 20h 44m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’55 Strat Heavy Relic $5,199.00 20h 44m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,099.00 20h 45m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,099.00 20h 46m
Free Shipping Used Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series 1960 Stratocaster NOS Free Shipping Used Fender Custom Shop Master Built Series 1960 Stratocaster NOS $5,973.00 2d 11h 19m
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 2d 17h 16m
Fender USA MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler Fender USA MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler $7,200.00 2d 19h 48m
1965 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with OHSC 1965 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with OHSC $22,000.00 3d 5h 16m
Fender Custom Shop 60s Super Faded Aged Heavy Relic Stratocaster Limited Edition Fender Custom Shop 60s Super Faded Aged Heavy Relic Stratocaster Limited Edition $5,809.00 3d 9h 25m
Fender 1963 Vintage Stratocaster - Pre-CBS - Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard Fender 1963 Vintage Stratocaster - Pre-CBS - Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard $19,995.00 3d 13h 54m
Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition 1960 Stratocaster - Black over 3-TS Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition 1960 Stratocaster - Black over 3-TS $5,355.00 3d 14h 15m

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