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1963 did not bring any huge change to the Fender Stratocaster (compared to late 1962 models). The one subtle change is the movement of one pickguard screw, located between the neck and middle pickups. Other similar very subtle changes were seen. Probably the biggest change was the Tolex case material was now white with black leather ends (instead of brown Tolex and brown leather ends as used in 1959 to 1962).
Serial number range for the 63 Fender Stratocaster are generally 93000 to 99999 or L00001 to L20000 (on the neck plate).
Early 1963 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
Location of the pickguard screw between the neck and middle pickup is moved about 1/2" towards the middle pickup.
Bridge saddles' "Fender Pat.Pend" stamping is more pronounced.
Contouring of the body is slightly less dramatic.
By late 1963, body dates were no longer used.
By late 1963 the 3-way CRL switch changes to the "half moon" shape instead of having the angled sides.
This particular Strat has a A-Style neck on it, It is only 1.5" thick at the nut
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This particular 1963 Stratocaster is on display in our Vintage Vault, it is not currently for sale. We estimate it's value between $20,000-$30,000