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This was the year that the Stratocast met the man that was destined to change its fortunes forever, Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix picked up his first Strat, a white '64 model with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, from Manny's Music in New York. He bought it with money borrowed from a girlfriend for the princely sum of $289.
Elsewhere in the US, in South Raymond to be precise, CBS completed the construction of a new $1.3million Fender factory as the new owners geared up for increased production runs. They were going to need the new facility, and soon...