Purchased At: Private Sale
Price Paid: $500.00
-Alder body, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard.
-22 frets, 24" scale length, 7.25" radius.
-SS pickup configuration.
-Non-original metallic orange paint finish.
What I Liked:
-Very easy to play, great clean tones!
-When used with a noise gate and a high amount of gain, the neck pickup produces a great shred tone.
-Vintage, well played feel.
-Stays in tune, great intonation and action.
What I Disliked:
-The bridge pickup is kind of dead, which I'm assuming is due to it sitting with its pole pieces so far away from the strings. Either way, I only use the neck pickup on this guitar.
-The incredibly short 24" scale length makes it difficult to cleanly voice complex chords.
-Also due to the short scale length, when bending, it tends to "fret out" very easily, regardless of how high the action is set.
What I Would Change:
-Nothing, it's my Dad's guitar, and it's a classic piece of vintage Fender history.
It's probably not for everyone, but it's the guitar I learned to play on, and I've been able to get many good tones out of it.
My Dad acquired this in a private sale in 1982 from the original owner. The original owner states it's a 1964 model, however, the paint finish was changed to a metallic-orange colour, and the serial number on the neckplate says it's a 1965 model, according to Fender's serial number list. I'm still in the process of trying to accurately date it.
As mentioned before, this is the guitar I started on, and after moving away from it for a while when I had my Music Man Petrucci model, ultimately, I've come back to it, and it still feels good to play.