1963 Fender Strat Question

ModdersAnon

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Perhaps a Fender expert can chime in on this.


I saw this guitar on ebay and did not know that Fender made a hardtail Strat that early.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-VINTAGE-FENDER-STRATOCASTER-GUITAR-WITH-HARD-SHELL-CASE-/111277959082?pt=Guitar&hash=item19e8aee7aa






One of his other auctions is a 1959 hardtail
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1959-Vintage-Fender-Stratocaster-guitar-w-Vintage-Logo-Case-/111273432565?pt=Guitar&hash=item19e869d5f5






A quick internet search led me here

http://solidbodyguitar.com/1963hardtailstrat.htm

And this note.

Please Note There is nothing below a hard tail headstock decal. It has been clipped off because there is no synchronized tremolo and the pat# numbers are below and have been clipped off.





Same thing here.


http://mandoweb.com/Instruments/Fender-Stratocaster+in+Fiesta+Red-1963/3697




So is the Ebay guitar a fake/partscaster? or did someone at the Fender factory forget to cut the "synchronized tremolo" part off the decal(s)?
 

Strat87

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I know I've read somewhere that some snuck out of the factory with the synchronized tremolo decal intact
 

Hulakatt

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I know I've read somewhere that some snuck out of the factory with the synchronized tremolo decal intact
Nor surprised at this at all.

I believe hardtails were the "standard" and getting the Tremolo was an upgrade for a long time at Fender.
 

Smgbad

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I personally would not trust it. Those decals look far too new. I'm guessing if they are legit guitars, someone used the only decal they could find. All 5 vintage (pre 1970) Fenders I've owned had decaying wear on the logos or had been replaced.
 

hogy

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The first guitar is a refin, the logo is fake.

Strats were available without trem from '54 on, I used to own a '54 hardtail.
 

gmann

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Nor surprised at this at all.

I believe hardtails were the "standard" and getting the Tremolo was an upgrade for a long time at Fender.
By October 1954 a non-tremolo or 'hartail' could be special ordered.
Hardtails were available fm the beginning. They were not the standard. Leo's intent with the Strat was always a guitar with Trem. That's why there are considerably more Trem Strats than non.
 

philiprst

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Not this guitar. However, a genuine 1963 refinish is probably double that or thereabouts depending on the condition and originality of the other parts.
 




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