Fender / Stratocaster / 1962 / Sunburst Refinish / Guitar

Don’t let the refinish put you off, there is a lot of guitar here. The spirit of this 1962 Fender Stratocaster lives on.

We recently bought this from the last owner of some 30 years, a local chap who used to play around the region, so if you are in the Gloucestershire area you may have seen this guitar before.

The body has been expertly refinished by John Diggins, who also oversprayed the neck and included is a receipt dated 1992 from the John Diggins himself for this work. Known to many as the man behind Jaydee Guitars and stunning instruments produced for artists such as Mark King and Tony Iommi. As you can see from the pictures, John has done a very good job at replicating the sunburst of the period. No attempt has been made to relic the finish but this will undoubtedly happen over time! 

The neck too has been oversprayed, with the original finish and wear pattern visible underneath. The back is a smooth gloss finish with the headstock face being satin. As you’d imagine, the decal is new but has been applied over the finish, just like they used to do.

The frets are correct and have plenty of life left. The fretboard is in good shape free of any real wear. The hardware is all correct and shows signs of corrosion but all of it works really well.

The plastics are correct and as you’d expect show signs of wear. The pickguard has shrunk a little and as a result has had to be repaired at the tip. Its also yellowed hugely over the years, no doubt from a few years of smokey bars.. this guitar must have looked quite something before the refin…

Electronically all is all correct with 1962 pots (9th week) though a couple of the the solder joints have been disturbed as you would expect for a refin. The guitar comes with a hardshell case

This guitar does what you’d expect an early 60’s Strat to do. The pickups provide a warm tone across all three positions that run the gamut from full to cutting without getting thin.

This is a great guitar thats been sympathetically refinished to a very high standard that retained all the important features to make it not only a great instrument but a worthy investment for the tone-hound looking for that illusive sound.

Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB 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.

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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.

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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
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