1962 Fender Stratocaster

A particularly exciting slab board 1962 Stratocaster with an original body, paired with a new Joe Riggio replica neck, which has been expertly aged to match. The body, including finish, pickups, wire-harness, pickguard, and most hardware is unaltered 1962 Fender, with original solder joints intact. The bridge saddles, the volume knob, and the trem arm are aged replacements. We commissioned Joe Riggio to make an accurate reproduction ’62 slab neck for this guitar (which came in with a Tele Thinline neck on it!), and we handled the aging and set-up in shop. The end result is a vintage Strat that plays perfectly thanks to the new neck and frets. We can’t imagine a better ‘player-grade’ pre-CBS Stratocaster.

Body date of 7/62, original potentiometers are all dated 18th week of 1962. Pickup DC values are 5.1k, 6.0k, and 6.0k (N-M-B), and the neck depth measures .820” at the 1st fret and .981” at the 12th. ‘B’ width 1-5/8” nut, 25.5” scale. The guitar weighs in at 7.7 lbs.

The original pickguard has a chip on the treble horn and the requisite crack at the neck pickup mounting screw. The body finish is heavily worn and remarkably attractive. Original backplate, strap buttons, and neck plate. No body repairs or touch-ups.

The neck features a gorgeous dark rosewood fretboard complete with clay dots, and a lacquered-in bone nut. Fretboard radius is 7.25” and the frets are 80/43 Jescar modern/vintage wire. The tuners are aged Gotoh SD-91 reproductions, and the string tree is modern.

With original brown hardshell case