A nice players guitar is this 62 Strat with a nice thick rosewood slab board. Interesting colour too...
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Its difficult to imagine now but there was a time where these revered guitars were just old and needed sprucing up every so often, as has been the case this 1962 Fender Stratocaster.
This ‘62 has definitely seen some good times over the past 50 years. We can see several layers of paint over the original finish, though its not clear whether that is even there any more. There’s s evidence of grey undercoat over the red layer and under the red possibly. Whats nice to see is that the body hasn’t been modified by sanding and care has been taken withe the refinishing.
The neck has been over sprayed at some point in the past so that the wear is still visible on the sides. Under UV light there is still the signs of the original lacquer. The logo has been replaced too.
The nice and thick, rosewood slab board has been refretted at some point though the fretboard isn’t too worn.
The bridge has worn as would be expected and the height adjustment screws have been replaced. The nitrocellulose pick guard is in excellent, classically greened and remarkably crack free condition as are the knobs and pickup covers with only a little yellowing.
Internally one pickup has been replaced with a Leosounds (hand wound pickups from Germany) pickup in the neck and the middle and bridge have been rewound, one labelled Kent Armstrong Reworked in the bridge position. Additionally the volume pot is a modern CTS pot whereas the tone pots and pickup selector switch are correct.
The guitar comes with its period correct Jazzmaster or Jaguar Brown Tolex hard case with yellow lining which has all latches working fine.
This guitar is a lot of fun to play and really exemplifies that early 60s Strat tone, more girth and not as brittle as later incarnations could end up sounding.
This guitar has seen some and feels great to play. Don’t let it pass you by…
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