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Overview

By 1962 the Stratocaster had found its way into virtually all styles of popular music, and Fender sales were going strong. Little changed about the Strat in '62 from the previous couple years. The 3-ply pickguard was now standard as was the Rosewood fingerboard. One change that did occur late in the year was a switch from a thicker “slab” style fingerboard to a curved or “veneer” fingerboard.  Most collectors prefer the earlier "slab" style.

Years of Production: 1954 - present

Unique to this Year:
First instance of curved or veneer Rosewood fingerboard. Date on butt of neck changes from penciled to stamped. 

Body Style:
Offset solidbody

Wood Composition:
Alder body, Maple neck with slab or veneer Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 5-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for the '62 Stratocaster 

Notable Players:  Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix







Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Stratocaster
Finish
  • Blonde
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Dakota Red
  • Fiesta Red
  • Olympic White
  • Sonic Blue
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1962
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Alder
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Finish Style
  • Gloss
  • Metallic
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Stratocaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
  • Plain
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