Here’s a great L Series player grade Strat from 1963 refinished a while ago in something fairly close to Lake Placid Blue.
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 November 1963.
Serial number dates to 1963.
The body was refinished in LPB a fair while before 2008 when its current owner acquired it. So the refinish is now actually old enough that it is showing its own signs of natural wear. This is not a relic treatment, but rather the result of many years of exposure to the elements and honest player wear.
Three original Fender black bottom pickups with some D & G pole pieces pushed down to be slightly lower than standards. Pickup outputs N = 7.4 K M = 7.2 B = 8.0
Professional refret with jumbo frets with plenty of life left in them.
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”
Vintage mid 60s Fender cream / parchment pickguard
Low E tuner has been replaced with a vintage correct repro unit which may be a Gotoh
At some point this has had a different bridge and tremolo system installed - we think it may have been a Washburn Wonderbar. This has now been amended, and the original bridge plate & trem block are in place.
5 way pickup selector switch
No extra routing in the pickup area. Nothing appears to be changed under the hood except the 5 way switch.
Shielding plate under pickguard all intact
Original trem arm
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 has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck that plays great in all positions
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 a Crossrock hard shell case in new condition.