FENDER STRATOCASTER, 1963
Sunburst. Our inventory welcomes back another excellent pre-CBS Stratocaster, 100% original. Small headstock, spaghetti logo, gorgeous intact green-guard, clay-dots, black-bottom pickups, original 3-way selector switch, pre L series serial number (95xxx), neck date June 1963. The guitar is a typical example of a mid-63 Strat, just one or two months later than the other '63 we have in our list, and already without the body date and with the pickguard screw next to the middle pickup.
Two pots are marked 304 6320 (May '63) and the third one is identical but has no visible code stamped on the cover. Original bridge with "Fender Pat. Pend." saddles, original Kluson Deluxe single-line tuners, Switchcraft jack socket. Light alder body with classic '63 deep contour. Normal playing wear, heavier under the right arm position where in a large area of the top the sunburst has faded to yellow and bare wood.. The back is very very clean. Normal edge wear on the body.
There is some rust on the bridge saddles, and the logo shows wear in the 'Stratocaster' part, while the spaghetti-style Fender is still clear and clean. The neck has the legendary '63 profile, with normal playing wear on the back, and the fretboard has been professionally refretted (more than excellent job) and shows heavy wear in the bazilian rosewood board, which does not affect perfect playability in any way. This Strat has a great action and is very easy to play, and perfect new frets will let you play with no effort at all.
You know we only bring great sounding guitars, and this one is no exception: loud, balanced and hot in all three positions of the switch. Everything is still there: tremolo arm, bridge cover, spring cover (a little rough but original). Complete with an early black tolex original hardshell case, with some rivets missing from one hinge but still solid.
It gets harder every day to find these guitars, at least in the no-compromise no-excuses conditions we require. It may take some time to find the right guitar, and we are in no hurry at all.... But when a pre-CBS Strat finally hits our list, you can be sure it's a good one! We have poted online 62 pictures of every detail.