The holly grail, 1963 Pre CBS goodness.
What can we say, sounds more strat like than a strat!

Really nice player grade Pre CBS Strat.

Mostly original but with some normal modifications along the way on its 60 year journey.

Seriously though folks this is a proper sounding Strat thats been getting played most of its life, the current owner is a gigging musician who's been gigging her almost exclusively for the last 25years.

The guitar was acquired in the late 90s when she was sporting a not so well done lake placid refinish. At that time still loaded with the original 3 way and still retaining the trem arm and rear cover. He knew the moment he heard her she was a keeper!

So after falling in love he decided to get her the proper finish she deserved.

Early 2000s she was packed off to probably one of the UK’s best refin guys, none other than Mr Clive Brown. Clive’s a bit of a legend for this kind of work and he refinished her in the road worn Olympic white finish. Then along with nearly another 20 years of being on the road results in the simply stunning beauty you see before you today.

Now, it's a gigging guitar and trust us no pro will tolerate any imperfections that affect sound or playability.

So around 2005 the neck pickup developed an issue and was rewound back on the original bobbin by Wizard Pickups in Wales. The 3 way was upgraded around this time with a new 5 way. It was also in need of a re-frett, probably not the 1st, however it was again sent down to another well respected luthier, so off to Andy Gibson in Denmark street, cracking pro job with 6105 frets.

In resent years the trem saddle screws have been changed out for Stainless Steel so the action could be tweaked a little easier.

The original 3 way switch, trem and back cover along with the grub screws are all still in the case. Unfortunately not a vintage fender case, but pros don't usually use them. They're not robust enough to last 60 years on the road.

Now the Tuners don't look original, they look vintage but just not 63 vintage, but again no tuner’s are going to last 60 years of gigging.

The neck had been revarnished on the back at some point, our man quite liked it so that was just left as is, but pretty much the rest is as is, bar the few wiring mods and solders joints.

Now the good bit, she plays and sounds sublime.

We're not going to waffle on to-much about how these guitars sound, at this price most will want to pay us a visit and try her out with there own ears.

All potential buyers are welcome to make appointments to audition her.

These guitars have a very well documented superior sound to the post CBS guitars, and all we can say is that they sound sooooo much more of what you've always imagined a Strat to sound.

Noticeable to anyone who plays one.

Comfy smooth C neck profile and not one with the more prominent soft V at the top of the neck, not all can get on with the older V profiled neck, this one has a nice profile. 

That combined with the rosewood board and this bird just sings.

Listed7 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Stratocaster with Rosewood Fretboard
  • Refinished In Olympic White
  • 1963
Made In
  • United States
  • Fender Vintage CBS Era
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Color Family
  • White
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Product Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Finish Features
  • Refinished
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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