The line had been updated previously, in 1960, when, at the behest of regularly gigging customers, Fender replaced its attractive but fragile tweed covering with the more hard-wearing Tolex.1963's revamp featured a black control panel with white lettering (or 'blackface') and upgraded circuitry; spearheading the launch was the new Deluxe Reverb.This was the start of Fender's 'blackface' era, during which the company produced some of its most revered valve amplifiers.
1954 Stratocaster : Contoured ash body, two-color (yellow to brown) sunburst finish.Thin "spaghetti" peghead decal logo, no patent numbers."Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Spring 1957 Stratocaster : Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".A small aluminum shielding plate is installed underneath the pickguard that covers the control cavity. Also available without tremolo (known as a "hardtail" model). 1958 Stratocaster : Sunburst finish changed to three colors (red added).