Here’s a vintage 1963 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This particular custom color example, serial number L18145, is in nice all original condition and includes the original hard shell case! This ’63 Strat features a custom Fiesta Red finish as well as: all pre-CBS components, Fender spaghetti logo decal, a “green” pickguard, an L-prefix serial number, black-bobbin pickups, clay dot fingerboard inlays, cloth-wiring, etc.
Serial Number: L18145
Neck Stamp: 2 DEC 63 B
Pot Codes: 304-6347 (Stackpole)
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 6.50Ω (bridge), 5.93Ω (middle), 6.06Ω (neck)
The guitar sounds incredible and feels fantastic. The neck profile is from Fender’s golden era. The early slab board necks produced between ’59-’61 are too thin at the nut, and have an odd slim-taper profile, however, around ’62-’64 the rosewood cap board necks become much more ergodynamic in a sense, with a bolder profile at the nut and less of a deviation between the depth at the 1st and 12th frets. Effectively, this neck shape is not just extremely comfortable in every positiion, it is also mor conducive to enhanced playing. Similarly, the black-bobbin pickups from this era are beautiful with regard to tonality and rich overtones.
Aside from a few minor paint touch-ups on the back of the body, a recent re-fret, this example is all original down to every last screw. Included is the original hard shell case.