Here is a nice player grade 1962 Fender Stratocaster with a refinish and some mods, described as follows –
Body is original but refinished in black
Original colour was Fiesta Red
Pickguard is the original Fender guard. It has discoloured in some areas, and has a few scratches
The pickup holes on the guard have been enlarged very slightly, possibly to accommodate other pickups at some time
The pickguard screws are non original
The three pickups appear original. However the pole pieces have been pushed flat on the middle and bridge pickups
The two tone pots are original and are dated 42nd week of 1962
The volume pot is a later replacement
The three way switch is a replacement
Much of the wiring is non original
There is a small area of wood replacement in the bridge pickup cavity. This is likely to provide an anchor for the bottom pickguard screw
Pickup covers, knobs & switch tip appear original
The saddles and bridge plate are original, but the block is a replacement
At least one replacement trem spring
Back plate missing
Some saddle screws are replacements
The neck is a Fender and appears original, but there is no neck date
The headstock has a Fender transition logo
The double line Kluson tuners appear original
Original clay dot fingerboard markers, but one is missing at the 12th fret
It has had a pro refret
Two extra string tree holes have been drilled and plugged
Neckplate is original with serial number 89xx8 = 1962
We think this one had a factory refinish sometime around the mid 60 when the company’s transition logo came into being. The finish as it is on this guitar certainly appears to have some age on it. It was possible that the logo was replaced at this time.
But the bottom line is that this guitar plays beautifully, and sounds great. Frets are in excellent shape, medium C neck is a joy to play – the back of it has been worn through to the wood, which feels billiard cue smooth . Truss, tuners & trem work perfectly.
It could use some love and attention as it has been used sparingly in recent years. Above all, this one needs new owner who will get out and play it, because it surely deserves an audience.
A Fender classic in less than original condition, which makes this a fine player guitar for a more affordable price than if it was unchanged.
Comes in its original Australian case built by the Stamford company in Chatswood, Sydney.