This is a first year Candy Apple Red Fender Strat. This late-’63 Strat features a C.A.R. finish that is much darker and richer than those which followed shortly thereafter. Almost plum in appearance, this rare variant is considered the first year for Leo’s favorite Custom Color. This is a 100% all original example, with no issues, in near mint condition with the original White case, original strap, and original bridge cover.
Serial Number: L20757
Neck Date: 2 OCT 63 B
Potentiometer Codes: 304-6347
Pickup Resistance/Output: 5.71Ω (neck), 5.57Ω (middle), 5.73Ω (bridge)
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.