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1962 / 1963 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Refinished

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Here from my personal collection we have an exceptional late '62 / early '63 Strat, the very rare HARDTAIL variant. It's difficult enough to find clean instruments that aren't "parts" guitars, and a hardtail of this quality is rare indeed.

Sometime in the 1970s, as was trendy at the time, the guitar body was refinished in clear (natural) finish. In the mid-1980s, the owner took it into Isle of Wight Instrument Company in Smithfield, Va. to have it restored to its original glory. The refinish is stunning, and correct. All body and neck contours are preserved, as the guitar was not oversanded. Included are photos of the shop's secretary holding the guitar in its "natural" state as well as the owner with the guitar after the restoration was complete.

I purchased the guitar from the owner in 1992 - it has been in my personal collection since. I am not a dealer, merely an enthusiast with an interest primarily in Pre-CBS Fenders.

- The neck date is 2NOV62B, and the body date (inside the control cavity, since on a hardail there is no rear cavity), is 1/63. Many people consider the neck date to be the "birthday" of the guitar. The serial number on the neckplate predates the "L" series, and is "9393xx".

- The headstock is incredible, and has the classic 3-step "fullerton curve" at the bottom as well as the deep carve found on original instruments. The decal is a reproduction and with a nod to accuracy, does NOT feature the "with syncronized tremolo" wording under the Fender logo, as is appropriate. The original single-line Kluson tuners have a great patina, but are tight and work just fine.

- The neck is a standard Fender "B" width of 1-5/8". It's got the typical early 1960s neck taper, meaning the depth of the neck at the nut is slimmer than at the 12th fret. It's more like a rocket ship than the typical large neck of the late 1950s, and transitions into a nice fat "c" shape as it goes towards the body. If you look carefully under the finish on the back of the neck, you can see original darkened wear spots where the original finish wore through to bare wood!

- The original frets were just SHOT, as I played 'em down to the wood! The dark chocolate brazilian rosewood fingerboard is in great shape, no cracks. There are typical wear patterns up near the nut, but in the interest of originality the neck has never been planed or sanded. I just had the guitar refretted by Steve at Colonial Tonewoods with the perfect vintage style frets, with special attention paid to the fret slots to see that original style "short tang" wire was used, and the slots were not altered in any way. The guitar is now 100% gig ready, with perfect action in all positions and no dead spots. The nut is not original, this repro nut was fitted during the restoration in the 1980s. All the original "Clay Dots" on the fingerboard and side of fingerboard are in excellent condition, no cracks or repairs. The truss rod moves freely and the guitar is set up with the neck straight with a tad of relief with .010-.46 strings.

- The nitrate "green" guard is in exceptionally good condition, and has shrunk a tiny bit but without the cracks many of these guards have developed over time. Also fitted is the original aluminum pickguard shield. It's a personal beef of mine, that Fender doesn't fit these guards even to most reissues - why? Guitar geeks argue endlessly in online forums about the merits of maple necks vs. rosewood boards on tone, and slab boards vs. curved boards, but to me the aluminum guard is the "Secret Weapon" that makes the early '60s Strats so tonally different. Think about it . on a typical Strat, the pickups screw into a plastic pickguard, which is in turn screwed to the body. The guard provides a bit of a shock absorber between the body and the pickups. On a guitar with the full metal guard, the pickups screw into the metal guard, which is screwed to the body, which gives far more tonal transmission and more of that "Stevie Ray" tone.

- Speaking of tone, this one's a monster. The bridge pickup goes into total Telecaster country, aided of course by the hardtail construction. The middle pickup on this guitar is actually usable, and the neck pickup has a big, warm Hendrix-y feel. The 2 and 4 positions have tons of "Quack". The original 3-way switch has been replaced with a modern 5-way. The original pots were replaced during the restoration in the 1980s and are not included (sorry - who knew back then?). The output jack, all wiring, etc. is all original. All knobs are original, "short skirt" knobs with the small numbers of course. The switch tip is original. All screws (guard, output jack, pickups, switch, etc.) are all original.

- The original hardtail bridge is in excellent condition, with a great patina. The original saddles are in great shape, and move and adjust freely. Pay close attention to the ferrules on the back of the body. When many people do refins they cut corners and use an x-acto knife where the finish meets the ferrules, but on this instrument they were pressed in after the finish, for the perfect look.

- Let me say again, this guitar is STUPID light. Once I get a postal scale, I'll give the exact weight.

- The original brown tolex case is in really good shape. It's got its share of scrapes and dings but it just drips cooooooolness. Both latches work. The handle is original and in good shape.

This is not a "parts" guitar that has been assembled from different pieces, it's a straight original guitar that has been refinished. The fact that it's a rare hardtail just takes it into a whole 'nother place!

I have tons of high resolution photos, just ask for more. Please contact with questions, or ask for my # for a hands-on description. I'm located in eastern Virginia, about 2 hours south of Washington, DC and about 2 hours north of Virginia Beach, an hour east of Richmond, Va. Serious bidders are welcome to view the guitar in person. Dealer inquiries are welcome. I do have the guitar for sale locally, and do reserve the right to end the auction early if the guitar sells locally.

Shipping via the carrier of your choice. I frequently travel the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New Jersey and NYC on business and an in-hand delivery is possible. Given the age and value of this guitar I would greatly prefer an in-hand transaction or one through a secure carrier. International bidders are welcome. In the past few years as I've thinned the herd a bit I've had a '53 Tele and a '58 Strat go to Europe with no problems. My friendly local dealer hooked me up with an original Fender shipping box PLUS a Taylor guitars box, so the guitar will be double boxed. If you want to guesstimate shipping fees with a carrier of your choice, the outside dimensions are 9 x 21 x 44 inches, 26 pounds when fully packed.

Thanks for looking, and happy bidding. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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