Description: 1963 Fender Stratocaster guitar
1963 did not bring any huge change to the Fender Stratocaster (compared to late 1962 models). The one subtle change is the movement of one pickguard screw, located between the neck and middle pickups. Other similar very subtle changes were seen. Probably the biggest change was the Tolex case material was now white with black leather ends (instead of brown Tolex and brown leather ends as used in 1959 to 1962).
Serial number range for the 63 Fender Stratocaster are generally 93000 to 99999 or L00001 to L20000 (on the neck plate). If you need to figure out the exact year of your pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general features of the guitar. The serial number is located on the back metal neck plate. See the Fender Serial Number Info web page for help determining the year.
If you have a vintage pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster guitar for sale, please let me know. I am a private vintage guitar collector (not a store), and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early 1963 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
The "veneer" style fingerboard can be seen on this neck (the bottom edge of
the rosewood is curved, compared to the earlier "slab" style fingerboard
where the bottom edge is flat). Also notice the change in how the body is
held during painting, leaving a naked area with no paint in the neck pocket.
No body date for the 1963 Fender Stratocaster, which is typical.
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