100% original guitar (the only work ever done is a perfect refret
job, with fresh frets and nut). Excellent+ conditions. 1963
is a very special year in Stratocaster history: the guitars from the
later half of that year have the same specifications as '64 models, same
type of finish, body's contour shape and depth, no-body date, same
fingerboard-dot positioning, black case. But the guitars built in the
first part of '63 like the one you see here, have a totally different
personality: basically, they are the same as early post-slab '62s, and
with their look, their sound, their magic neck feel and their heroes,
they hold a very special place in the heart of all the Strat lovers -
and so, of us all!
As you can see from the pictures below (and there are so many) the
conditions of the original finish are stunning!
The body is very light and deeply contoured, shows very moderate wear
with light transversal checking, with no heavily worn area on the back
and just a few dings and scratches on the top and some body-edge wear.
Two of the dings on the top, in the upper horn and jack area, show a home-made touch-up
with a black marker... however they're only a few millimeters wide and
easily removable. The beautiful sunburst has the typical early 60s color
and shading, still with no paint-stick shape in the neck pocket, and the
two nail holes used to clamp the body to let the finish dry (the one in
the jack pocket was already gone). The date, hand-written in the
spring-cavity, is 5/63.
The neck is dated June 1963; it has the incredibly comfortable contour
which has such an important part in the '63 Strat legendary status, a
beautiful brazilian rosewood fingerboard with clay-dots, and
correct-size new frets, professionally installed for a perfect
playability. The back of the neck shows playing wear, which - together
with the body's conditions - witnesses an intense but respectful use
through 45 years of music. The small pre-CBS headstock has a clean Spaghetti logo
(a few letters are gone from the Stratocaster name), and original Kluson Deluxe
single-line tuners, with no evidence of other tunes ever on it.
The gorgeous "green" pickguard is perfectly intact, just like
all the electric circuitry it hides. The screw-hole between neck and
middle pickup is still in the 'pre-63' position. The three black bottom pickups
are original and untouched like all the electric parts (three-way switch,
capacitor, wires, pots, jack, solder-joints). The potentiometers are
dated February '63.
Clean and original hardware, with some oxidation on a few Pat. Pend.
saddles of the bridge and on the tuners, and some yellowing of the
plastic parts (knobs, switch-tip, spring-cavity cover). The bridge cover
and trem-arm are missing, but a non-original whammy bar will be provided
with the guitar.
This precious Stratocaster comes with its rare and original white tolex
hardshell case, found only in '63. The case is in good conditions, with
a solid handle and all original latches and hinges. Its wooden structure
was cracked at one end, but our luthier has repaired it with epoxy glue,
restoring its fully functionality.
The look, neck, weight, contour, are all important ingredients of the "legend
of '63". The sound makes no exception, believe me. Call us for
trying this guitar at our shop, we'll be glad to assist you!