Au naturel anyone...? This is paradoxically one of the best sounding Strats we have had here for a little while...
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A ‘Hippy Refin’ 1962 Fender Stratocaster anyone?
Modding has always been part of the guitar landscape, hand in hand with hod rodding cars and bikes. To many, the electric guitar is a blank canvas itching to have the individuals stamp put on it, from the simple paint job to major woodworking project. One popular change was to strip the paint from the body and reveal the wood underneath before applying a clear coat of lacquer, the ‘Hippy Refin’.
This guitar has the look. The body has been stripped and refinished maybe a few times. Its current natural version was probably done sometime in the 80’s or 90’s as it almost backlights like an original finish. A look in the control cavity reveals a livid yellow hue over a red and surely some other colours that have been lost to time. Thankfully this latest (old) finish job is a little more subtle and has been carried out quite sympathetically. The finish really showcases the grain of the alder and the wear on the upper bout sets the whole thing off.
The neck has worn just enough though the remaining lacquer still retains its lustre. The dark brown, almost black of the brazilian rosewood is always the crowning glory of these early 60s guitars. Frets show limited signs of wear and are in good shape.
The plastics have faded and there is the inevitable crack on the pickguard on the bass side narthex neck pickup.
The hardware is tarnished by not corroded extensively and is all correct.
Electrics are correct though some of the solder joints have inevitably been disturbed and the original switch has been replaced with a later 5 way switch so you can notch the in between positions a tad more easier.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case which is non original.
The magic of these early 60’s strats is the depth of sound provided by the black bottom pickups. The tone is undoubtedly single coil but the surprise is always how much bigger the guitar sounds compared to later incarnations. Coupled with the comfortable early 60s profile, this makes for a great plains guitar. Check out our video of this guitar being played by the super Jimmy D Thorn and we think you will agree that sound wise, this will live up to the best of them.
If you’ve searched for this elusive tone then nows your chance, get it before it gets away.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
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