sunburst. Pre-CBS, 100%
original guitar, with all '63 features: Spaghetti
Logo, green guard, clay dots,
"L" serial number. The only difference from
a '63 are the grey-bottom pickups and double-line Klusons
(never other tuners on it). A typical golden era Strat:
beefy but fast neck profile, with a fair amount of wear
and a beautiful quilted figure in the woods, which
is really gorgeous on the headstock front and back. The
only modification is a professional refret (nut was also
replaced at that time): but this is a routine job on a 40
year-old guitar that has been regularly played and will
be played for many years to come.
Neck date is September 1964, and all three pickups have
December 18th 1964 stamped in yellow ink with EP initials
(it's the second time a see a late '64 with
yellow-stamped date on grey-bottom pickups). Serial
number is L 49xxx, pots code is 137 6422 (June 1964).
Everything original, no exceptions: bridge with rusty
Pat. Pend. saddles, knobs, electronics, 3-way selector
switch, Switchcraft jack socket, etc. The
"green" guard is intact, no warping, no breaks.
Spaghetti logo is a bit worn but still strong and
clear enough. Three-tone sunburst worn to yellow under
the right arm position, and down to the wood on a large
area on the back in the belt-buckle position. Vibrato
spring cover is missing. There is a lot of wear on body
edges, we have taken many pictures of the worn areas so
please look at all the images below. Someone has cut
a name, B. Kaden, underneath the guard.... I guess he was
the original owner and not an islamic terrorist.
Lightweight guitar, great neck "feel", full and
aggressive sound, perfect pickup balance. Probably the
lower screw of the neck pickup is somewhat later, since
it's less rusty than the others, but I can't really tell.
It's the correct size and type, anyway, and it coulkd
also be original... Perfect no-logo black tolex original
hardshell case, with all latches and hinges working fine.
In conclusion, another Real Vintage style Stratocaster
from the "right" years, original and ready to
rock. Many more pictures below, please click on the
following links one at a time.
front - in case - body1 - body2 - body3 - back - body back - headstock - quilt1 - quilt2 - logo - knobs - bridge - circuitry - pickup1 - pickup2 - pickup3 - pu cavity - selector - pots1 - pots2 - neck - neck date - neck
pocket - name - tuners - jack - wear1 - wear2 - wear3 - case