Here’s a great pre-L Series player grade Strat from 1963 in classic sunburst. It shapes up in every way – absolutely gorgeous to behold, and beautiful to play. This is not a trophy piece to admire from a distance. This one has certainly been played, and deserves to be played. And there’s a reason – it’s kinda hard to put down once it gets its hooks into you.
Here’s the story –
Neck date stamp is very faded but appears to date to 1962. Serial number definitely dates to 1963, which is when it was likely assembled.
Body professionally refinished in sunburst nitro way back when, but certainly long before 2002 when its current owner bought it from a reputable Sydney shop. Great job – the beautiful striations in the lacquer is not a man-made relic treatment, but rather the result of many years of exposure to the elements and honest player wear.
Original Fender pickups, three back bottoms from 1963. The neck pickup was professionally rewound prior to 2002.
Professional refret with medium jumbos done prior to 2002, with plenty of life left in them.
Original pickguard, but has two holes from a previous mods, and a crack at the neck pickup which is almost standard for 60s Strats.
Shielding plate under pickguard all intact.
Original trem arm. No backplate.
Everything else appears to be original, including Kluson tuners, nut, bridge assembly & saddles, knobs, 3 way switch & tip, strap pins and input socket.
It has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck with a curved dark Brazillian rosewood fingerboard and clay dot markers. The back of the neck is naturally worn right through to the wood – feels great.
Feels and sounds exactly like a classic pre-L Series Strat should – lots of history and comfortable like an old friend.
Comes in its original Fender hard shell case.