Fender / Stratocaster / 1963 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

An early 1963 Fender Stratocaster in stunning sunburst finish.

Regardless of how you feel about them, the Fender three tone sunburst has a special place in the history of the electric guitar with the pre-CBS period having some of the best and 1963 is a year most favoured by a huge amount of players for their sound and a slightly chunkier neck than previous years.

This one is a fine example. There are a few marks and scratches on the front and a few more substantial ones on the back though none of them detract and add a certain something to the overall loo of the guitar. The top hasn’t seemed to have faded very muchl and still has that incredibly vibrancy. This guitar is noteworthy as it is one of the last few that were given a body date, the practice being stopped later in 1963.

There are some small spots on the black bits of local touch ups which is not unusual to see on these and it looks like a label was once on the side of the headstock as a shadow has been left where it once was.

The neck too, date stamped February 1963, is in great shape. The back has worn nicely and the fretboard is in great shape. The original frets have plenty of life left in them.. The lacquer has also escaped yellowing too much so the neck has retained that light maple hue. 

Plastics and pickguard are well preserved. These nitrate guard are particularly prone to warping and cracking so its always nice to find one that hasn’t. In fact this guard hasn’t faded very much at all. There is no corrosion on the saddles and elsewhere the hardware is in great condition with very little signs of use.

Electrically all is as you’d expect and solder joints are undisturbed apart form on the neck pickup where the solder has been reheated. 

The guitar comes with a slightly later, (early ‘64) no logo black tolex case.

Sonically we run the gamut from smooth neck to biting bridge that never gets too spikey or harsh. The neck feels very comfortable and the new frets give it reassuring feel. All three, original black bottom pickups are strong and evenly balanced with classic pre-CBS black bottom, bell like tonal qualities.

An early 1963 Stratocaster in this condition, what more do you want? Grab it before it gets away.

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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