Thereunder it reads "With Synchronized Tremolo" and under that two patent dates.
At the bulbous end of the headstock is another decal that reads "Original Contour Body Patented." Here are the notes of our head of repair, Rocco Monterosso: The tuners, individual, nickel or chrome plated with a stylized "F" on the back of each one, are original. The neck date (stamped in the heel of the neck area which is not seen when the guitar is assembled) is "22 Sept 68 B." The "B" means Stratocaster.
This means that the neck was made in September 1968.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
The pickguard is original, white, with a three-ply laminate around its perimeter and a "pearloid" underside which is typical for 19 era. Each potentiometer, which is a metal can that underlies each of the volume and tone knobs, normally has a code etched on it.
In this instance we can read the "137" which stands for the brand, which is a company called CTS, but then, instead of having four digits etched after the "137" there do not seem to be any readable digits.
It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.
In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.