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    Rather than throw up several threads about several vintage guitars, I thought I would group them all in one place so people can add their favourite vintage guitar in the same thread.

    I will post up some key points about each guitar, and for those in the market, what to look out for when trawling through grandma's attic or your neighbours garage sale.

    First and foremost, the vintage guitars presented are near-on original with very little effort to alter them after purchase. Starting off, we have:

    1962 Fender Stratocaster


    1962 Fender Stratocaster - Vintage Electric Guitars

    This particular guitar was purchased with the intent of having one high quality vintage Stratocaster to play and collect. And it has never disappointed. 100% original

    With the pre-1966 Fender Stratocasters, look for Kluson tuners (single or double line DELUXE written on the back) as opposed to "F-tuners" which were introduced around 1966-1967.

    Brazilian rosewood fretboard, clay dots and a pick guard that has gone slightly green.

    What makes these guitars special? They feel, play and sound superb.

    What can make this vintage guitar a lot cheaper?

    1. A refinish. Once refinished, a 1962 Fender Stratocaster will drop in price between 35-60% in value.
    2. A new nut and a refret. This will also drop the price, but for playability concerns, the original frets are kind of small, so not always a bad thing.
    3. Re-radiusing the neck. Nearly all pre-1985 Strats came with 7.5" radius necks. The modern 9.5" necks with large frets make bending easier, particularly on the high frets.
    4. Routing the wood under the pickguard for humbuckers. Very common and also something which drops the price drastically.
    5. Changed pickups and pots. The most common thing with vintage Fender guitars which will drop the price.

    So if you are after all original and you are paying top dollar, do your research. You are in an investment market.

    But from a players perspective, a vintage Fender Stratocaster from 1962 with new parts, a refret and a refinish could be an excellent cost-effective entry point into the golden era of Leo Fender's finest work. And if you are an active player, the Fender Custom Shop Vintage Re-issues may be a more suitable guitar on the road to avoid theft. The sad thing about Jimi Hendrix pre-1965 Fender guitar collection is that nearly 75% of it was stolen.

    What can make this vintage guitar a lot more expensive?

    1. A custom colour. Blue, black and red are significantly pricier, the most common custom colour being Olympic White.
    2. An artist guitar. If you get a piece of history played by someone of repute, and can provide provenance, then a price increase may be in order.

    For example, John Oates from Hall & Oates plays a re-'hashed' 1958 Fender Stratocaster.

    Simply a part of history that cannot be replaced.

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    Next up, we have a 1963 Fender Stratocaster.

    As with the video above from John Oates, these were all hand made, so they have subtle differences. This one is softer than the 1962 Stratocaster to play. Maybe the magnets have faded more, I dont know. It's a very elegant piece to play, and shows more scars from active playing.

    1963 Fender Stratocaster


    1963 Fender Stratocaster - Vintage Electric Guitars

    This has a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, clay dots, original Kluson tuners and a green guard.

    In mid-64, Fender changed the logo from a spaghetti logo (pictured here) to what is known as the transitional logo which was already on the Jaguar, Jazzmaster and Jazz bass models.

    Like the 1962 model, this piece has a green pickguard and a three way switch.

    Unique to this guitar is the original hang tag with the serial filled in and the original allen key.


    Definitely one to keep for the kids for inheritance.

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    From the first year of production, this 1954 Fender Stratocaster is one a kind. This guitar changed owners from England to Perth, Western Australia in the 1980's and was played live before being stored away for the last 15 years.

    1954 Fender Stratocaster - Vintage Electric Guitars

    One piece Ash body, maple board. Original pickups and pots. Amazing piece of Fender history.

    Newer string tree appears to have been installed a long time ago. Five way switch fitted with original three way switch in the case.

    Comes with original hard case.

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    3 tone sunburst 1964 L-Series Fender Jaguar with it's original white case.

    1964 Fender Jaguar - Vintage Electric Guitars

    Not the same bending experience as the Stratocaster due to the string length in the bridge configuration. But for rhythm playing, these guitars cannot be beat.

    Dark Brazilian rosewood board, clay dots and transition logo, large headstock. Fender Custom Shop Kluson replacement tuners have been installed.

    Amazing playing instrument which matches our 1964 Fender Champ perfectly.

    Comes with original white hard case.

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