Here’s a great L Series player grade Strat from 1963 refinished a long time ago in Olympic White.
This one has certainly been played, and deserves to be played a lot more. There’s a reason that well used guitars look well used – they’re usually very good guitars. And that is certainly the case with this one.
Here’s the story –
Neck date stamp is December 1963. Serial number dates to 1963.
Body refinished in Olympic White way back in 1973, only ten years after it was bought new. So the refinish is now actually so old that it is showing its own signs of significant wear. This is not a factory relic treatment, but rather the result of many years of exposure to the elements and honest player wear.
Three original Fender black bottom pickups. The bridge pickup was professionally rewound prior to 1999. Pickup outputs N = 7.4 K M = 7.2 B = 8.0
Professional refret with medium jumbos done by respected Sydney luthier Piers Crocker, with plenty of life left in them.
New nut by Piers Crocker
The crown of the curved Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has been very slightly flattened so the radius is now closer to 9.5” than the original 7.5”
Some of the clay dot markers are consequently a little thinner
Non original vintage correct light mint green pickguard
Used to have Schallers installed, now featuring a set a vintage correct aged Kluson style tuners
Bridge saddles are vintage correct Fender replacements. Originals are in the case
Original bridge plate & trem block
5 way pickup selector switch
3 x pickup height adjustment screws – originals in the case
The volume pot was replaced wit a vintage 60s unit by respected Sydney guitar tech Alan Rigg
There is some extra routing in the bridge pickup area, likely to accommodate a deeper bridge pickup at some point. Original pickup now in place.
Shielding plate under pickguard all intact
Original trem arm and backplate included.
It has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck that plays great in all positions. The back of the neck is naturally worn right through to the wood – feels fab.
This is not a trophy piece to admire from a distance – rather a funky friend with a few rough edges and a character all its own. Feels and performs exactly like a classic L Series Strat – lots of history and sounds like a true vintage Strat should.
It shapes up as a great player in every way. Fender Custom Shop does a great job with relic’d instruments made new to look old, but when you play the real thing, the difference is obvious.
Comes in its original Australian Stamford hard shell case.