SOLD - Vintage L Series Fender Stratocaster – USA 1963

by Fender

$29,995.00 $32,995.00 19157


Here is a thing of beauty – a fabulous 1963 Fender Stratocaster in excellent and  (almost) unchanged condition, and in the stunning custom colour of Candy Apple Red. This one is a sought after L Series Strat, which features a beautiful dark Brazilian rosewood curved fingerboard and all the other features of a wonderful pre CBS Fender.

This one features its original Candy Apple Red nitro finish, 3 x black bottom pickups, tuners, nut, bridge assembly & saddles, knobs, 3 way switch & tip, strap pins and input socket. All the original wood is intact & unmolested, and the pickguard is now minty green and still flat. But it does have the ubiquitous crack at the top of the neck pickup which is very common for this era of Strats.

It has a beautiful one piece C shape maple neck with and clay dot markers in the lovely dark Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The back of the neck is naturally worn right through to the wood, which feels just great.

Features –

Alder Body – no modifications

Neck date – Nov 1963

Tuners – original Kluson

Black bobbin single coil pickups. Output N=6.1K       M=6.2K          B=6.2K

Original Tone pots date to Nov 1963

Vol pot dates to 1987

All plastics original

Original bridge, block, saddles & and trem assembly

Original neck plate and screws

Original nitrocellulose Candy Apple Red finish

Neck is straight with perfect relief & intonation

Original 3-way switch

Original input plate, jack socket, pickguard and screws

Weight = 7.6 lbs

This one appears to be all original apart from 4 things –

  1. An excellent pro refret by respected Sydney luthier Piers Crocker
  2. The neck pickup has been professionally rewound with correct vintage spec wire and scatter winding technique. The rewound pickup incorporates its original magnets and bobbin, and was wound to have the exact same output and response as the original.
  3. The original volume pot has been replaced, probably back in 1987
  4. Two tuners replaced by original period correct Klusons

 There are no body finish touchups. The original nitro finish has been naturally worn through in the expected areas, revealing Fender’s standard Desert Sand undercoat, and possibly another coat of what may be Inca Silver underneath.

Apart from some discolouration on the bridge saddles and expected dulling of some of the tuners, there is almost no tarnishing of the metal parts.

This one is way up there with some truly great vintage Strats we have listed. Super comfortable to play, it is a beautiful sounding instrument – clear, bell-like tones, with that wonderful woody sound from the neck pickup, plenty of snarl from the bridge p/u, and lots of pop & cluck from the in-between p/u settings. A spacious, almost 3 dimensional sound.

This is an exceptionally lovely L Series Strat – one of the best examples we’ve ever seen.

Comes in its original brown tolex Fender case in good condition.


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