Here’s a vintage 1963 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This particular custom color example, serial number 90874, is in excellent all original condition and includes the original Brown hard shell case, the original vibrato arm/whammy bar, and the original ash tray bridge cover! This ’62 Strat was purchased by the previous owner from Hi-Test Guitars in early ’98, and includes the clipping from vintage Guitar Magazine where it was the only guitar photographed and showcased in their advertisement. This beautiful example features a custom Olympic White finish as well as: all pre-CBS components, Fender spaghetti logo decal, a “green” pickguard, black-bobbin pickups, clay dot fingerboard inlays, cloth-wiring, etc.
Serial Number: 90874
Neck Stamp: 2 DEC 62 B
Pot Codes: 304-6302 (Stackpole)
Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 5.75Ω (bridge), 5.79Ω (middle), 6.00Ω (neck)
This early Brazilian Rosewood cap board example is considered by a relatively large faction of enthusiasts to be the absolute golden era of Fender’s premium production period. Early slab-board instruments, circa ’59-61 often have odd slim-taper style neck profiles and the pickups that era tend to be slightly less special. For whatever reason, the stars aligned in late-’61 and the guitars made in between then and 1963 tend to be the best. This Strat is the evidence that supports my claim, and is hands-down one of the best sounding Strats I’ve ever owned. The pickups are not only loud, but are also particularly warm with substantial full-range force. While not the most conducive to surf-style music, this special Strat has a much warmer bell-tone enveloping mid-range, incredible for single-note solos, or powerful chords. All positions, including those achieved by splitting the notches in between on the original 3-way selector switch, sound incredible.
The original nitrocellulose Olympic White finish was applied over a Desert Sand undercoat. Since this era custom color receives a clear coat, the finish is quite brilliant and beautifully preserved. The original “green guard” contrasts very tastefully against the crisp white finish, and the sheen of the original hardware is lustrous as ever. The previous owner highly detailed the guitar, which included; polishing the finish on both the neck and body, cleaning the metal hardware, and removing dirt with mild non-abrasive cleaners.
As mentioned, this example is in excellent all original condition. All of the original solder joints are intact and untouched. All electronics are original, and there are no changed parts, no modifications, and no repairs. The finish on the back of the neck is worn through to the wood, which renders it absolutely fantastic feeling.