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.
Find Pre CBS Stratocasters 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. Also, check the listing thoroughly, due to the way some guitars are named, they may have a vintage year in the title, but be a re-issue.