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 Fender Stratocaster 1962 fiesta red

The Stratocaster

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Notes: In its illustrious history of the Fender company, which reaches back to the year 1946, it has affected virtually every genre of music all over the world. The Stratocaster was first presented in 1954 and offered several innovations. Thanks to her third single-coil pickup, she enabled a greater variety of sounds and because of the contoured body she was more comfortable to play. The most important change however was the new Fender vibrato and the Fender Stratocaster became an instant design classic.

Materials: Alder body, Maple neck with Maple slabboard and D-profile, nut width a tad more than 1 10/16"

Hardware: Original parts include single line Kluson Deluxe, bridge and saddles, pickguard, pickups with wiring, CRL 3-way switch, pots and jack, and all plastic parts. The tremolo block looks to be of an earlier vintage probably '55 or '56 and the tremolo arm is a replica. Everything else appears to be vintage correct

Facts: The neck pu has 7,38K middle pu 7,21K bridge pu 7,03K. The neck stamp reads "2 MAR 62 B". As of March 1962, Fender started to stamp the necks and this is one of the first to bear a neck stamp. The neck has a factory original maple slabboard (not maple cap)! Fender offered Maple fingerboards from 1960 to 1968 on a special custom order basis (additional 5%). These were different than the 1950s one-piece maple necks. These used an actual slab maple fingerboard glued to the maple neck, and no "skunk stripe" down the back of the neck for the truss rod. The body has all the correct criteria for this vintage including four "nail holes" (no paint inside) and there is no clear laquer coating over the fiesta red. The number of the neck plate is 992xx which dates it to 1963. The potis from Stackpole are also from 1963, the code is 3046334. Apparently, the guitar was put together in 1963 with a neck from 1962. This is not unusual because the different parts have been produced in batches and were assembled when needed based on incoming orders. And, becaue of the additional 5% for Maple board necks maybe they didn't sell as much as expected and therefore the neck rested longer in stock. Also, it is not very uncommon to find an overlap between the years during the 60ties. F.e. Pre-CBS Fender neck plate serial numbers are definitively NOT chronological and it was more of a lottery. The point is, don't read too much into Fender serial numbers becasue the only true and definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates and facts of the instrument such as body date, neck date, pot dates, routings, hardware, finish etc. However, if you want to read more here is an interesting site with many facts and details: http://www.guitarhq.com/fender.html

Condition: Considering the age of 50+ years the guitar is in very good condition with normal wear. The original frets still have plenty of life left and will last for a long time. There are some scratches, abrasions and worn-off spots on the body as to be expected. The original pickguard has a typical crack nearby one screw. The original Fender logo on the headstock is still clearly legible, but it is a little bit worn here and there.

Playability: Most likely, you would not wanna let go out of your hands, she is comfortable like a glove with lots of vibes and mojo

Tone: This Stratocaster sounds just like a good old Stratocaster should sound ballsy and clear like a bell and if you like Maple necks you will recover expenses because she is worth every nickel and dime

Case: Rectangular case with yellow/orange plush inside. Latches, hinges and handle work perfect

Setup: Currently strung with .010-.046 Nickel round wound strings. The frets have been dressed, crowned and polished

To Summarize: So what we have here is a very rare find of a Fender Stratocaster that has certainly not been laying underneath the sofa for the past 50+ years. The thing that makes her so peculiar and special is her Maple neck with a Maple slabboard. This is an original '62 Fender Stratocaster with a colorful history, saturated with vintage panache and personality that sounds like honey and plays like butter. This Stratocaster will be the crowning possession of any player or collector

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