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Friday, September 28, 2007

1963 Fender Stratocaster

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"the neck is dated November 1963, the body dated December 1963, the neck plate/serial number is 1963, the pickups are unmarked (indicating pre-1964), and the tone pots (with original solder) are dated 10th week of 1966. The pot codes don't match the neck/body dates, and may indicate that the guitar was assembled by Fender in 1966 from parts produced earlier, which I have read did occur at the Fender plant. Perhaps the final assembly of this guitar was delayed by the turmoil of the JFK assassination, and the arrival of the Beatles, until the early days of psychedelia in March 1966.

"While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive. The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced. Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year. So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference." (source:"

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