Is this '62 Strat genuine and all original?

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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.

What's changed other than the color?

 
In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Clues that the neck has been partially refinished too
  • Identifying period-correct Kluson tuners
  • Recognizing original bridge saddles vs. reissues
  • Evidence that the wiring has been carefully kept intact

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