The Fender Stratocaster guitar is probably the most popular solidbody electric guitar ever made. Early models (1954 to 1965, known as "pre-CBS" models, since CBS Broadcaster Company bought Fender in January 1965) are the most collectible. 1965 was the transition year as CBS began to take control of the company and brought the first wave of changes to a more mass production model, including change in serial number, script 'F' on the neck plate, and the most dramatic of all being the enlargement of the headstock shape in December 1965. What I have in my collection is a Nov 1965 small headstock Fender Stratocaster. This rare 1965 Olympic White Stratocaster has details common to Strats made during this transitional period. The 2 November 1965 neck date shows that this is one of the last small headstock Strats made until the 1980s.
Notable players include Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour