Part of the magic—the thing that drives most of us in this craft—is experiencing the moment when an "ordinary" hunk of wood transforms into an instrument. It's hard to say exactly when it happens, or even what that magic is, but you know it when you feel it. When you get your hands on one of our unsanded Golden Age '63 bodies you'll immediately feel that zap and your mind will race with the possibilities of what this can become with some nurturing, patience and imagination from you.
Like its more refined brother, our Golden Age '63 Unsanded Body for Strat® was flawlessly modeled on one of Fender's best-of-the-best iconic originals. But this one is straight off the machines, with sharp edges, rough surfaces and all. It's just waiting on you to bring it the rest of the way home—just as if you were a part of the Fullerton workshop with Leo looking over your shoulder.
Alder: 3.50 pounds (1.6 kg)
Swamp Ash: 4.00 pounds (1.8 kg)
More about the choice of woods on our Golden Age Unsanded Solidbodies
(Southern) Swamp Ash: This is the original wood Fender used in 1954-55 and it's been a favorite ever since. It's light and toneful, with the striking grain patterns that are coveted on the most valuable vintage originals.
Alder: Simply due to supply, in 1956 Fender's main wood switched from Swamp Ash to Alder, and this wood contributed a big part of what we know today as the "vintage Strat sound". Golden Age Alder has handsome subdued grain like the best originals.
Note: Aside from being rougher around the edges, there are a few other differences between our unsanded and sanded bodies. Just like the original Fender's back in the day—you know, the ones with those gorgeous, iconic opaque finishes—many of them were multi-piece bodies that were not precisely joined on center, or there would be an occasional pin knot or other cosmetic issue preventing Fender from giving it a translucent finish. True to that original vintage form, these unsanded bodies have many of the same characteristics making them perfect for a classic or modern opaque finish.
Shaped like a true '63
The shape of the body and electronics cavities exactly match the 1963 original. The body is 1-3/4" thick with the correct 7/16" radius. We've left the last touches for you, so you can final-shape the belly cut, the arm cut and shape the transition between the horn and the neck pocket to suit your preference.
Holes for mounting the bridge are drilled. Neck mounting holes are started in the traditional 4-screw placement, it's easy to finish them out with a hand drill. Our Replacement Neck for Strat Guitar is a perfect fit.