Fender Stratocaster 1977 (Blackbird) – Vintage Guitar Monitor Rating out now 

My 1977 Fender Stratocaster is finally ready to play. This iconic guitar, known for its unmistakable sound and vintage charm, has been carefully restored to its former glory. Every detail, from the rare black sunburst finish to the original hardware (except the replacement vintage vibrato), has been carefully preserved to maintain its authenticity.

In addition, I have created the Vintage Guitar Monitor Index. This index is a comprehensive tool that can be used to track and assess relative market value. By analysing various factors such as age, condition and originality, the Vintage Guitar Monitor Index provides a valuable classification for collectors, musicians and enthusiasts. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or simply appraise these timeless instruments, this index is a reliable resource for understanding their value.

To own a vintage guitar like the 1977 Fender Stratocaster is not only to own a piece of music history, but also to connect with a legacy that has inspired generations of musicians. With the Vintage Guitar Monitor Index, I want to help the community make informed decisions and foster a deeper appreciation for these remarkable instruments.

I am very proud to present the first Vintage Guitar Monitor Index certificate:

Fender Serials

This website, True Vintage Guitar, offers a comprehensive guide to understanding Fender guitar serial numbers. It provides valuable information about how to decode these serial numbers to determine the manufacturing date and other relevant details about Fender guitars. Whether you’re a collector, enthusiast, or just curious about the history of Fender instruments, this resource can help you navigate the complexities of dating these iconic guitars.


FuzzFaced.net provides insights into dating Fender Stratocaster necks based on their serial numbers. The website offers a detailed guide on how to interpret the codes found on the neck plate and decipher the manufacturing date of a Fender Stratocaster. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a beginner enthusiast, this resource can help you determine the age and authenticity of your instrument.


Stratocaster 1966 PDF-Info at grandguitars.de


The document provides an in-depth analysis of the 1966 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, a classic guitar model that underwent significant design changes after CBS acquired Fender. Here’s a detailed summary of the key points:

  1. Construction and Design Evolution: The document highlights the evolution of the Stratocaster’s design, noting significant changes that started to appear at the end of 1965. These changes include the introduction of larger headstocks and adjustments in the body and neck constructions to reflect CBS’s influence on Fender’s manufacturing processes.
  2. Material and Component Modifications: There was a shift in the materials used for various components:
  • The body material changed from ash to alder in 1956.
  • The necks began to feature larger headstocks and moved from one-piece to separate fingerboards with different types of inlays transitioning from clay to pearloid dots.
  • Pickguards evolved from single-layer to three-layer configurations.
  • Pickup constructions were modified to include different magnets and enamel-coated copper wire, enhancing their performance and consistency.
  1. Technical Details and Specifications:
  • The document details specific components such as the type of rosewood used for the fretboard, the introduction of gray-bottom pickups, and the consistent use of certain types of bridges and tremolos that remained unchanged through the end of 1966.
  1. Sound Characteristics: The Stratocaster is noted for its clear, focused sound with less overtone, attributed to the pickup designs and the plain enamel wire used. The document also mentions how the physical attributes of the guitar, such as the neck profile and fret dimensions, contribute to its playability and sound quality.
  2. Market Reception and Legacy: It discusses how these guitars, despite the changes, retained much of their beloved characteristics and how they are valued in the market today, especially for collectors and musicians who appreciate the blend of vintage appeal with modern enhancements.

The summary captures the essence of the 1966 Fender Stratocaster’s design evolution, technical specifics, and its standing in the guitar community, highlighting both the historical significance and the continued legacy of this iconic model.