Fender / Stratocaster / 1962 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

It feels the word relic should be defined by a worn in Stratocaster. Seems, maybe just to the writer, that the mental image that the word conjures is of a sunburst Stratocaster, the long hours of playing burned into its surfaces. In fact, just like this 1962 Fender Stratocaster.

Unlike the output of the Fender Custom Shop, this ‘62 has definitely seen some honest playing hours put into it over the past 50 years. Theres some exquisite forearm wear and paint chips on the front, belly wear on the back that’s gone through to the wood and the colours are still vibrant. The neck has worn around the first 5 frets at the back and has been over sprayed at some point in the past so that the wear is still visible. This overspray was only done on the back of the neck and not over the headstock and could probably be easily removed if so desired.

The nice and thick, rosewood slab board has been recently refretted too with very nice sized frets that are almost like what it would have been fitted with from new, maybe just a bit taller. This leaves you with a neck that has a comfortable feel and plays very well indeed.

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 and the fading of the text.

Internally this guitar still has its correct black bottom pickups but the volume, tone and pickup selector switch have been changed for more contemporary ones at some point in the early 80s. This does mean that you have easier access to the ‘in-between’ sounds so sought after in Stratocasters. Shielding paint has been neatly applied to the cavities which if you have the time and the patience, can be removed.

The guitar comes with its correct 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, although not entirely correct, has all the important elements in place and feels great to play. Don’t let it pass you by…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars formally known as Atoyboy Guitars

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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