Description: 1962 Fender Stratocaster guitar
1962 brought a number of changes to the Fender Stratocaster. The most mentionable is the change of the neck. In August 1962 Fender felt the "slab" rosewood fingerboard was too thick, and changed to a thinner "veneer" style. Instead of the bottom of the fingerboard being flat, it was now radiused just like the top playing surface of the fingerboard (making the rosewood much thinner). This changed the Strat's sound a bit, making it less full and less warm. Also in March 1962 Fender changed from a hand-written neck date on the butt of the neck to a rubber stamped date. The neck width was also part of the stamp, most commonly the "B" width. Paint procedures also changed in late 1962 with Fender now using a "stick" to hold the guitar in the neck pocket while painting the Stratocaster.
Serial number range for the 62 Fender Stratocaster are generally 72000 to 93000 (on the neck plate). If you need to figure out the exact year of your pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general features of the guitar. The serial number is located on the back metal neck plate. See the Fender Serial Number Info web page for help determining the year.
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1962 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
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Late 1962 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
Starting in 1962 the neck screws became threaded their full length.
After March 1962, the neck date at the butt is now ink stamped instead of hand written.
The "2" is the code for a Stratocaster neck, and the "B" is the normal neck width (and "A"
being the narrowest, and "C" being wider). This neck is clearly a "slab" style, with the
bottom edge of the fingerboard being flat.
The body date of 9/62 can be barely seen below the see-thru blond finish.
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