Fender Stratocaster 1963 Sunburst

Fender Stratocaster 1963 Sunburst


I'm thrilled to offer this 1963 Fender Stratocaster for the first time to the market since the mid 1960s! I purchased this guitar from the son of its original owner outside of Denver, CO. His dad and uncle both received Stratocasters as gifts from their parents and held onto them until only a few weeks ago. I was thrilled to get this one in played but never modified, repaired, or altered condition. It's in spectacular playing condition after a forgery grade refret and neck pickup rewind. 

Make and Model: Fender Stratocaster

Year: 1963. Serial number L20205, neck heel ink stamp "2NOV63B" (2 = Stratocaster model, 63 = 1963, NOV = November, B = standard nut width 1 5/8". Tone potentiometer code reading "137 6343" (137 = Chicago Telephone Supply, 63 = 1963, 43 = 43rd week).

Repairs: A forgery grade refret from Jason Burns means that the fretboard was untouched throughout (no plane), fret size used matches the factory size frets exactly, fret ends look like factory, and overall the feel and playability is exactly like unworn original frets. The neck pickup was dead so I sent the entire guitar to Tom Brantley Rewinds. He removed the leads from the bobbin, rewound to exact spec as factory, and reinstalled the leads. No solder was disturbed except for the two eyelets on the bobbin. 

Playability: Spectacular. This is among the best Stratocasters I've ever played after the refret and pickup rewind. The neck is dead straight with no hump at the end of the fretboard, the truss rod operates as intended, the pots and switch operate as intended, and the pickups are wonderfully balanced. 

Originality: All parts, solder, and finish are original to the guitar except the neck pickup coil wire, neck pickup eyelet solder, and new frets. The original nut was shimmed to raise it up just slightly. 

Case: The included case is a proper 1964 era no logo strat/tele case but is not original to this guitar. The original case was discarded long ago.