Description: 1961 Fender Stratocaster guitar
In 1961 Fender started using a more robust red dye for their three color sunburst. Also the dark brown part of the sunburst around the edge of the body is slightly more black. Hence the sunburst finish on a 1961 Fender Strat is much bolder looking. Fender also felt the need to add patent numbers to the peghead during 1961. Still has the "slab" rosewood fingerboard, but the back neck shape is larger (and more comfortable in my opinion).
Serial number range for the 61 Fender Stratocaster are generally 55000 to 72000 (on the neck plate). If you need to figure out the exact year of your pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general features of the guitar. The serial number is located on the back metal neck plate. See the Fender Serial Number Info web page for help determining the year.
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1961 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
Note the change in the tone cap to the red disc variety.
This picture shows a couple things. Notice the neck plate impression left in the body finish.
And also how some of the missing body finish chips are stuck to the neck plate.
Clearly this neck plate is original to this guitar. Neck screws are still the older
partially threaded style.
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