1962 Left-Handed Olympic White Fender Stratocaster

Value (2014) | $48,000 Retail
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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...

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
...showing this model Stratocaster for $289.

GUEST:
Yep.

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.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Amati Violin Shop, Inc.
Houston, TX
Value Update (2014)
$48,000 Retail
Appraised value (2008)
$48,000 Retail
Event
Wichita, KS (July 12, 2008)
Period
20th Century

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