1963 Fender Stratocaster + OHSC

1963 Fender Stratocaster + OHSC

Fender |  1963strat2

A super cool 1963 Strat with the sort of natural wear ther Custom Shop can only dream about... 1963 blonde case too!

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It feels the word relic should be defined by a worn in Stratocaster. Seems, maybe just to the writer, that the mental image that the word conjures is of a sunburst Stratocaster, the long hours of playing burned into its surfaces. In fact, just like this very early 1963 Fender Stratocaster.

Unlike the output of the Fender Custom Shop, this ‘63 has definitely seen some honest playing hours put into it over the past 50 years. Though not as extensive as some other examples we’ve seen, there is some exquisite wear and paint chips on the front, belly wear on the back that’s gone through to the wood and the colours are still vibrant.

The neck is worn to that comfortable sheen. The fretboard is ij good shape and its been refretted. There are a few divots in the fingerboard here and there but none of them are deep enough to feel during playing.

Hardware has worn as you’d expect though this isn’t extensive. The nitrocellulose pick guard is in excellent, classically greened and remarkably crack free condition as are the knobs and pickup covers with only a little yellowing and the fading of the text.

Electronically, both tone pots are correct, week 15 of 1963. The volume pot is week 45 of 1961 so is more than likely a later addition. A correct 3 way switch is fitted. All pickups have original windings and healthy outputs.

The guitar comes with its correct Blonde Tolex hard case with the correct red lining which has all latches working fine. This in itself is a rare item.

This guitar is a lot of fun to play and really exemplifies that early 60s Strat tone, more girth and not as brittle as later incarnations could end up sounding.

This guitar has all the important elements in place and feels great to play. Don’t let it pass you by…

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At a glance

Model: Stratocaster
Year: 1963
Finish: Sunburst

Modifications: Replaced volume pot (from 1961)
Repairs: Refret, new nut
Weight: 3.50 Kg

Case: Correct Blonde with black trim hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct Kluson Single Line

Pickups: 3 x Correct Black Bottom Single Coil
Hardware: Correct Chorme
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: Volume pot from 1961, Tone pots Correct from 1963




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