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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 1957 Stratocaster Relic Gold Hrdwre John Cruz Candy Apple Red Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster Relic Gold Hrdwre John Cruz Candy Apple Red $8,920.00 45m
Used Fender Custom Shop Used Fender Custom Shop "L Series" 1964 Stratocaster (Lake Placid Blue) 2017 $7,207.00 5h 28m
Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 Fender Custom Shop MBS 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Greg Fessler, l1238 $6,804.00 7h 48m
Fender Custom Shop Master Design '64 Stratocaster Relic Used  w/ Hard case Fender Custom Shop Master Design '64 Stratocaster Relic Used w/ Hard case $5,238.00 8h 49m
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 $6,940.00 9h 12m
USED free shipping Fender CS Limited Edition 1956 Stratocaster by Paul Waller USED free shipping Fender CS Limited Edition 1956 Stratocaster by Paul Waller $5,503.99 10h 27m
USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1961 Stratocaster NOS by Christopher W. Fleming USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1961 Stratocaster NOS by Christopher W. Fleming $5,263.99 10h 27m
USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1961 Stratocaster NOS Walnut by Jason Smith USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1961 Stratocaster NOS Walnut by Jason Smith $5,601.99 10h 27m
USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1955 Stratocaster Relic by Greg Fesler USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1955 Stratocaster Relic by Greg Fesler $7,161.99 10h 27m
USED free shipping Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Fiesta Red USED free shipping Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Fiesta Red $5,383.99 10h 27m
USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1956 Stratocaster NOS by Jason Smith USED free shipping Fender CS MB 1956 Stratocaster NOS by Jason Smith $6,823.99 10h 28m
Fender Custom Shop Master Design '64 Stratocaster Relic Used  w/ Hard case Fender Custom Shop Master Design '64 Stratocaster Relic Used w/ Hard case $5,237.99 1d 43m
FENDER USA 50TH '62 STRATOCASTER RELIC Used 2012 w/ Hard case FENDER USA 50TH '62 STRATOCASTER RELIC Used 2012 w/ Hard case $7,618.99 1d 56m
Fender 1965/1966 Stratocaster , White Fender 1965/1966 Stratocaster , White $8,999.00 1d 2h 57m
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 1d 5h 23m
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 1d 5h 45m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’61 Strat Heavy Relic $5,599.00 1d 5h 45m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,299.00 1d 5h 47m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’57 Strat Heavy Relic $5,099.00 1d 5h 47m
Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood Fender Custom Shop Dealer Select Wildwood "10" ’61 Strat Heavy Relic $5,139.00 1d 5h 47m

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