1984 '62 Fender American Vintage Reissue Stratocaster
Great condition 1984 '62 Fender American Vintage Reissue Stratocaster with original hardshell case.
One of the most popular instruments in history, the Fender Stratocaster - first introduced in 1954 - is certainly the most imitated electric guitar ever. 1962 was another watershed year for the instrument. The culmination of five more years of tweaking - resulting in small but important changes - the '62 now sports a three-color sunburst or "Custom Colors" along with a "round lam" rosewood fingerboard, three-ply aged "mint green" pickguard and those great-sounding '57/'62 pickups.
Straight from the Time Machine to You!
While the Telecaster (and the single pickup version, the Esquire) was a success, Leo Fender listened to players who were looking for an instrument that was a step up from the "plain vanilla" Tele. The company had moved into a new factory and now had the ability to build an upscale solidbody electric. In 1954, the Fender Stratocaster made its debut and a true American icon was born. By 1957, some would say the maple neck Strat had been perfected with features like the "custom contoured" body. In 1962, the Strat had finally become available with the more traditional rosewood fingerboard.
Fender employees Dan Smith and John Page flew all over the country and looked at every vintage Strat, eventually deciding that the 1957 model, as well as the 1962 model with rosewood fingerboard, were the quintessential Strats. Recreated using measurements taken from over 200 Stratocasters, the '62 Strat truly looks like it came straight from the time machine. Its sleek, stylish lines in some ways seem to owe more to contemporary automobile designs than traditional guitar building. This recreation features a three-color sunburst with a nitro-cellulose lacquer finish over a solid alder body, along with all the other features that made the original instrument such an overwhelming success. These include a multi-ply "mint green"-ply white pickguard and an American Vintage synchronized tremolo.
That Trademark Strat Sound
Good looks are just part of the story. The '62 Strat also sounds faithful to the original thanks to three newly designed '57/'62 American Vintage single coil pickups with aged covers. This delivers all the "spank and sparkle" you'd expect, and just like the original, the '62 Strat comes with the three-position blade selector switch (back then, players had to carefully place their switches in the "in between" positions to access pickup combinations for what was inaccurately called the "out-of-phase" sound). Not to worry, as Fender has thoughtfully included a five-position switch kit, should you wish to access those classy, classic tones with less hassle. Either way, the '62 sounds just like the best Strat off the assembly line during that historic year!
Historically Accurate Natural Maple Neck
Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1960s, the blond natural maple neck turned more than a few heads and became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The '62 Strat comes with a one-piece maple neck, but with the historically-accurate "round lam" rosewood fingerboard with the fast-playing, classic "C" shape and, true to its vintage, a nito-cellulose lacquer finish.
Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Features:
Condition: Excellent (Used)
Categories: Solid Body
Made In: United States
Number of Strings: 6 String
Right / Left Handed: Right Handed
Body Shape: S-Style
Body Type: Solid Body
Includes: tremolo bar, case candy, ashtray cover, 5-way selector switch, and original deluxe hardshell case.
Guitar Historical Information:
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