Welcome to 1962Stratocaster.com. This site is dedicated to everyone that loves the Vintage Fender Stratocaster and particularly the distinctive 1962 Classic Vintage.
Greetings dear visitor and fellow 1962 Stratocaster enthusiast.
I’m assuming that you’ve arrived here via a Google search of “1962 Stratocaster”, “62 Strat” or “62 Stratocaster” or something similar, or maybe someone you know,- a fellow admirer of the inimitable Strat referred you here.
Either way, the fact that you’re here already shows that you have some (if not a lot) of knowledge of the classic 1962 Stratocaster, but in any case I’m going to give an overview of the history of this truly wonderful electric guitar and give you some insight as to why I decided to build a blog around it.
I often wonder if Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares could have had any notion of the inextinguishable impact that their electric guitar design would have on the music world and amongst guitar players for generations to come when in 1954 they made their first production of the Fender Stratocaster in 1954.
Nowadays we see the strat as being a naturally woven part of the band music scene. Millions of Stratocasters have been produced and millions more copies and replicas have been made over the past 40 odd years which all attest to the Fender Strat as being the quintessential standard in solid body electric guitar design. But back in 1954 when Leo, George and Freddie got together to create our beloved Strat the music scene and landscape was very different and their efforts would have been seen by some to be either, wild, crazy or just completely incomprehensible. Back then Jazz was having a heyday and the big Gibson, Guild, and Gretsch acoustic electrics with their fat bodies and distinctive “f” holes were all the rage and considered standard kit & tackle for any serious guitarist.
At that stage rock and roll hadn’t even started (well it had kind of “punk” rumblings on the fringes just as was the case when punk emerged from the Glam-Rock era of the early 1970’s (ah yes,- I remember that fondly as part of my high school days)),.. but let’s get back to 1954 for a minute,… Elvis hadn’t yet emerged and the whole scene was very different, and at that time it appeared to be a complete folly to produce anything but a standard ‘f’ hole acoustic electric guitar. However, as with all pioneers , usually they have a kind of boldness and daring that fuels their imagination and resolve, and such was the case with our three heroes,- Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares. Thanks heavens they got together to produce what is now arguably the most popular and versatile electric guitar in the world.
As a side bit of trivia, I personally met George Fullerton when he visited Australia in 1981 on a promotional tour for his new creation “Music Man” guitars and amplifiers. At that time I was a sales rep with Australis music who were the agents for “Music Man”. I recall Mr Fullerton as being a very humble and lovely gentleman that spoke proudly and fondly of his association with Fender and who also loved to hear the clean bell like ringing tones of a solid body guitar fashioned in Stratocaster style.
So, what’s with this fascination with the 1962 Stratocaster? Why has it become such an icon in the Strat landscape? I think it relates to a few factors and that it’s certainly not some fanciful tag applied by nostalgic guitarists just for the sake of it. So we go back in time to 1962,.. it’s now 8 years since the birth of the original Stratocaster and 5 years since the 1957 Strat had emerged as the cool and smooth work of art that had been gradually refined and virtually perfected in the 3 years prior manufacturing process. It’s the year before the introduction of the “L” series and therefore it represents the pinnacle of Stratocaster design and performance from the instrument’s inception and original design and manufacturing process prior to the “L” series and then the later CBS series that emerged in 1965 after the sale of Fender to CBS in 1965 which was for many years hailed as a monumental mistake and downfall in the Fender legacy (even so,.. many CBS series Strats emerged as excellent instruments and are highly sought after vintage instruments these days).
To be honest,.. although I have admired the 1962 Stratocaster for many years, I have never actually owned one because of affordability and a struggle with finances during the years that they rocketed from $2,000 to $30,000 (however that day will surely arrive some day soon and the money outlaid is a solid investment even though I would never intend on cashing it in once attained). I’ve owned Strats before and in 1976 I owned a beautiful 1975 blonde rosewood fingerboard Strat that I sold for $475 (yes.. I have regretted that sale on many occasions since!).
So, that’s how this blog has come into being. I am a genuine enthusiast and have had extensive experience in the music arena as a guitarist and an ex music retail and wholesale sales rep during the lates 70’s and 1980’s.
I hope and intend to make 1962 Stratocaster.com a forum of choice for many other enthusiasts around the world. If you have any comments please leave them or alternatively you may contact me using the blog contact form.