This is a vintage 1963 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This particular custom color example, serial number 90874, is in good 100% all original condition and features the very desirable Blonde finish over an incredibly rare Ash body configuration! While Blonde was the standard finish for the Fender Telecaster, it is actually quite rare that a Stratocaster was painted with a translucent Blonde color over an equally rare Ash body, and unlike all other custom colors which were generally applied over Alder, Blonde was exclusively used with Ash. Not only does this Strat look different from most, it actually sounds different from all others as well. Ash-bodied Strats are absolutely fantastic, and the tonal properties of Ash highly complements the design of a Stratocaster. With enhanced resonance, refined balance, and an unparalleled transparency, I personally feel that Strats with Ash bodies sound decidedly better than those with a standard Alder body construction.
Serial Number: 96558
Neck Stamp: 2 JAN 63 B
Pot Codes: 304-6302 (Stackpole)
Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 6.14Ω (bridge), 6.09Ω (middle), 5.98Ω (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 patina and wear patterns are incredibly attractive, the amount and placement of the wear is in no way distracting, and the overall vibe is rather tasteful in appearance. The finish on the back of the neck is worn through, revealing the dirtied Maple neck, but the profile is so incredibly good feeling, you wouldn’t want it any other way. The original green guard has shrunken and cracked in 2 places, which is notoriously common, but the guitar has only become better with age. This particular Strat sounds much better than my ’65, and hands-down out-performed my last ’62 Strat on every level.