1962 Left-Handed Olympic White Fender Stratocaster
Appraised Value: $48,000 (2008)
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Appraisal Video: (0:04)
Amati Violin Shop, Inc.
GUEST: This was given to my father for his 11th birthday in October of 1962. I know that it's a left-handed Fender Stratocaster. I know that it was special-ordered-- however, not by my grandfather, who bought it for him, but somebody else who didn't have the money to pay for it. And so it was available just sort of on a fluke. And that's about all I know.
APPRAISER: And this is your father here?
GUEST: Yeah, this is him, posing with it.
APPRAISER: Well, this is a Fender Stratocaster. It was so popular at that time. All the great rock bands of the time-- the Ventures, the Beach Boys-- they all used this guitar. What makes this guitar a little bit more unusual is it's a left-handed model. The other thing that makes this particularly interesting is the fingerboard on this. It's what we call a slab fingerboard. Later in the year, they changed to a different style of fingerboard. Makes it a little more exceptional. Because of the serial numbers on the instrument, we can tell the year the instrument was made. We know it was in 1962. You have a sales brochure from 1962...
APPRAISER: ...showing this model Stratocaster for $289.
APPRAISER: Now, this is what we call a custom-ordered instrument in that the color of the instrument, this Olympic white, was a custom color, it was a special order. And the left-handed would have been a special order. This guitar is just almost perfect shape. There's very little wear on the instrument at all. This was a very light guitar. Made it very easy to play. These instruments are highly desirable today because of the way they play, the history behind them. Being a left-handed model, it makes it a little bit harder to sell because there's fewer people out there buying them. I've consulted with my colleagues on this, and we believe that in this preservation-- you have the original case and everything-- we would put a value at retail of $48,000 on it.
GUEST: (laughing) Are you serious?
APPRAISER: I'm serious.
GUEST: (laughing) Oh, my.
APPRAISER: I'm as excited as you are. It's a great guitar and it's just, uh... it's really fun to see it.
GUEST: Wow, thank you! My dad is going to be very surprised. Maybe I'll sell it back to him.
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