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Is this '62 Strat genuine and all original?


Issue 322 January 10, 2019



This is a genuine 1962 Strat, but how much of it is original? It's been refinished, and a refin has a big impact on the value of a vintage guitar. What else about this Strat has been changed? Erick Coleman shows how he figured this out.
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What's changed other than the color?

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkClues that the neck has been partially refinished too
  • checkmarkIdentifying period-correct Kluson tuners
  • checkmarkRecognizing original bridge saddles vs. reissues
  • checkmarkEvidence that the wiring has been carefully kept intact