1963 Fender Stratocaster Value

John Shults

Posted on June 29 2022

1963 Fender Stratocaster value

This clean, one family owned 1963 Fender Stratocaster just came through the shop! It's nice example and a great player, but how much is a 1963 Fender Stratocaster worth? The way I find the value of a Fender Stratocaster is to compare it to similar guitars with listed sold prices. It's important to compare pricing for guitars with the same set of features in order to find the fair value of a Stratocaster. 

As a Fender guitar collector, I'm always on the hunt for the nicest examples of Fender Stratocaster guitars, but especially from 1963. If you're looking for help with Fender guitar dating then check out Fender Serial Numbers. Or if you're interested finding a buyer for your Stratocaster, you can reach me here: Sell a Fender

1963 Fender Stratocaster headstock and neck

Important features that effect Stratocaster values

The most important features which effect the value of a Fender Stratocaster are the exact year of manufacture, color, condition, tailpiece, and originality. Most Fender guitar collectors begin by determining the year of manufacture. Serial numbers are only the first step in dating a Fender guitar, since they're easily swapped out using only a screwdriver. Check out this page for a full account of every part that an expert uses to find the year of a Stratocaster: How to date a Stratocaster.

The finish color also heavily effects the value of Fender Stratocasters made between 1954 and 1970. The standard color for a Stratocaster was Sunburst like the one on this page. Fender also offered the Stratocaster in Blond and custom colors like Fiesta Red, Olympic White, and the other colors listed on this Fender Custom Color Chart 1964. Original factory finished custom color Fender guitars are valued far higher than the more common Sunburst guitars. Not only that, but some colors are more valuable than others. There isn't an established price for each color for each year, so custom color values range wildly. Here are a few cool examples I've had: 1962 Stratocaster Fiesta Red Gold Hardware and 1964 Stratocaster Foam Green. I am always on the hunt for custom color Fender guitars so please contact me if you are looking to sell. 

Like most things vintage collectible, the condition of a Stratocaster can also heavily effect its value. Most guitar collectors will prefer clean, unworn, and unmodified Stratocaster guitars over ones that have been played every day for decades. I like both! But I am also willing to pay a higher price for a guitar which is nicely preserved. 

1963 Fender Stratocaster values and pricing

Sell a Stratocaster

As a Fender guitar buyer, I am always looking for nice examples of 1963 Stratocaster. If you curious about fair value and pricing, I would be happy to help. I buy vintage guitar from all over the world. I may be able to come to you for an in-person transaction for the right guitar. You can contact me here to sell a Stratocaster from the 1950s or 1960s. 

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