Fender Stratocaster 1962 Fiesta Red
Posted on September 13 2021
I've just returned from a wonderful trip to London, England to buy this Fender Stratocaster 1962 Fiesta Red from the brother of its original owner! The original owner's band, The Strollers, purchased this Fender Stratocaster Stratocaster along with a matching Fiesta Red Stratocaster and Fiesta Red Precision Bass as well. I was not able to locate the other Stratocaster and Precision Bass but I'm hoping that they are still around somewhere.
I'm always a Fender guitar buyer but I'm especially looking for Fender Stratocaster guitars made in the 1950s and 1960s. The custom color Stratocasters like this one in Fiesta Red finish are some of my favorite guitars ever made. You can contact me here to sell a Fender guitar.
How to date a Fender Stratocaster
Knowing how to date a Fender Stratocaster is important to establishing its value. Fender slowly updated the style of production throughout the 1950s and 1960s as well as increased the output of guitars each year. The demand for Fender Stratocasters increases for older guitar and the supply decreases since they made fewer of them. This has a significant effect on the value of vintage Fender Stratocaster guitars. This is why it's important to know how old is my Fender Stratocaster.
Here are the steps I used for how to date a Fender Stratocaster: Fender serial numbers, neck heel and body date stamps, potentiometer codes, and general features. Fender serial numbers are not the only way to date Fender guitars since they're not necessarily consecutive as well as the fact that they are easily swapped using only a screw driver. The serial number on a Fender Stratocaster should generally match what the neck date, body date, potentiometer codes, and features are already telling us. Here's a link to the Fender serial number lookup. The serial number on this Stratocaster is 5 digits beginning with "82xxx". The records indicate that this serial number was used in 1962.
The next place to look for how to date a Fender Stratocaster is the neck heel ink stamp and the tremolo cavity pencil date. The neck heel ink stamp on this Fender Stratocaster Fiesta Red reads "2 AUG 62 B" where 2 = model code for Stratocaster, AUG = August, 62 = 1962, and B = standard nut width of 1 5/8". The tremolo cavity also should have a pencil date signature that was signed before the finish was applied, but since this Fiesta Red finish is opaque, we're not able to see what the signature reads.
We can also use the potentiometer codes for how to date a Fender Stratocaster guitar. The potentiometers are the variable resistors with turnable knobs on them that allow the player to control the volume and tone of the signal sent to the amplifier. The potentiometers are underneath the pickguard and have a code on them that tells us how old they are. The potentiometer codes on the Fiesta Red Stratocaster read: 304 6232 which indicates that they were made during the 32th week of 1962.
What is my Fender Stratocaster 1962 worth?
Now that we know how old is my Fender Stratocaster, we can begin to find out what it's worth. Fender Stratocaster values depend heavily on the year, color, condition, and originality. We now know that this Fender Stratocaster was made in 1962 which represents the transition year between the slab Rosewood fretboard and the veneer Rosewood fretboard. This Stratocaster features a veneer Rosewood fretboard from 1962 which is a bit less desirable to guitar collectors than the slab Rosewood fretboard. 1962 is still years before Leo Fender sold his company to CBS, so we can consider this guitar "pre-CBS" which is a desirable time period.
The color of a Fender Stratocaster also affects its value heavily. Sunburst is the standard color for the Stratocaster and is also the most common. Any other color than Sunburst is considered a custom color which are more rare than standard colors. Some colors like Candy Apple Red and Olympic White are common colors, but some are much less common and even very rare. Fiesta Red is a lovely color that seems to ride the line between Red, Pink, and Orange depending on the lighting. It's a less common color to find compared to previous two mentioned and much more desirable certainly to this author. The Fiesta Red color is one reason why I had to book a trip to the UK to buy this guitar. If you have a Fender guitar in original Fiesta Red finish you'd like to sell, contact me here: Fender guitar buyer.
Here's another example of Fender's Fiesta Red custom color: Fender Jaguar 1965 Fiesta Red.
Condition represents a rather subjective portion of how much is my Fender Stratocaster worth since the exact condition of every Fender Stratocaster is unique. It's easy to determine condition when compare two Stratocasters to each other, but becomes less precise when we compare one vintage guitar to the market as a whole. This Fender Stratocaster 1962 Fiesta Red was played thoroughly for a long time then was stored in its case for decades. There's significant wear and corrosion, but no changed parts at all. No one ever modified or refinished this guitar which is rare among vintage guitars. I personally value guitars like this higher than similar guitars that may be cleaner but have replaced parts.
If you're curious about what a Fender guitar collector might pay for your guitar then you can contact me here: Sell a Fender guitar. I'm looking for vintage Fender Stratocaster guitars in all conditions and colors. If your Fender Stratocaster is one that I'm looking for then I may be able to come to you for an in-person transaction. If you're looking for who buys Fender guitars near me, then I just may be who you're looking for. Contact me here: Fender guitar collector.