Real PRE-CBS Strat Photos and Measurements

A Real 1962 Pre-CBS Strat

Howdy Folks! I had a really cool PRE-CBS strat come through the shop a while back. I took a ton of photos and measurements of it. The neck was dated JuneĀ 1961. I had the pleasure of playing it for a little bit and it sounded awesome. Click any of the images to see it full size.

Real 1962 Pre-CBS Strat1962 Strat Side View

This guitar was in really good shape. The neck felt fantastic and the finish wasn’t very beat up

Pre-CBS 1962 Strat Neck WearVintage 1962 Strat Sunburst Closeup

Bridge and Tuners

The reproduction tuners on the market are a pretty good match. The bridge aging seems like it would be harder to replicate.

Real Vintage 1962 Strat TunersOriginal 1962 Strat Bridge

Plenty of little dings on the edges but still a looker.

1962 Pre-CBS Strat Strap ButtonReal Vintage 62 Strat Bridge

They did a great job on the burst.

Vintage 62 Strat Finish WearVintage 62 Strat PIckup Closeup

The Pickguard

The pickguard aging would be hard to recreate well. I don’t know a ton about different plastics but it seems different than modern ABS. Finding old stock would be awesome.

Vintage 1962 Stratocaster Knobs Closeup1962 Vintage Strat Headstock Closeup

The finish crack was a little concerning, but i’m pretty sure its just on the surface. If the body glue joint fails eventually it could be glued up again without much fuss.

1962 Vintage Strat Cutaway CloseupVintage 1962 Strat Neck Heel

Old Lacquer

That lacquer chipping off is really hard to replicate.

Back of a real 1962 Pre-CBS Strat in SunburstCloseup of Nitrocellulose lacquer wear on a vintage strat

The original springs had lost some of their pep. It really needs all 5 to keep the trem down.

Real Vintage Strat Trem Cavity 1962Real 1962 Vintage Strat Trem Claw

Neck Plate and Neck Heel

You can see the neck plate imprint in the lacquer is pretty deep.

Vintage 62 neck plate closeup1962 Fender Stratocaster Neckplate Imprint in Lacquer

The neck has the marking for C shape and June 1961 date. The owner thought it was a ’63.

Real Pre-CBS strat 1962 Neck Heel C ProfileVintage Strat Neck Heel 6-61 date

I found the shielding under the pickguard to be interesting. It was a solid sheet of metal instead of the foil we use today.

Vintage 1962 Strat Neck Pocket MeasurementVintage Strat 1962 Under the Pickguard Closeup

A Look in the Cavities

All I needed to do was retouch the output jack solder. The joint was cold. On a vintage guitar like this less is more.

the pickup cavities of a real 1962 vintage stratocaster1962 Pre-CBS Strat Output Jack Closeup

I’m curious about what causes the blackening on the saddles.

Real PRE-CBS Vintage Strat 1962 SaddlesCloseup of a vintage strat trem block from 1962

The body was more like 1.65″ thick, and the thin part of the trem route was thinner as well.

1962 Vintage Strat Trem Pilot Holes CloseupCloseup of real vintage 1962 strat wiring


As far as the owner knows the electronics are all original, and he has had the guitar since the 80s.

underside of a vintage strat pickguardcloseup of a vintage 1962 strat tone cap

The cloth wiring we use is a great reproduction of the original. If you are doing a relic you could wax it and dirty it up to get the old look.

Tone Circuit of a real 1962 stratocasterIMG_1329

You can see how much lighter the maple is in the neck pocket where it sits untouched.

backside of vintage fender tunersVintage Strat Neck Heel Lacquer Aging

Neck Profile

Took a neck profile at the 1st and 12th frets to check my C shape neck shaper pucks.

Real Pre-CBS Strat Neck Profile C Shape6-61 Neck Heel Date on a Vintage Fender Stratocaster

I took tracings of the body, neck, cavities, and whatever else I could. When a project calls for it I may put the measurements in sketchup and publish it.

back of a vintage 1962 fender strat in sunburstfront of a sunburst 1962 vintage stratocaster

My measurement spreadsheet is kind of a mess. But most measurements were in line with published specs, and the reissue blueprint that is circling around. If you have any questions or need a measurement leave a comment or text us. Thanks for checking it out


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6 Responses to Real PRE-CBS Strat Photos and Measurements

  1. Niclas October 31, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Dear folks at Weybach custom guitars!

    I am very happy about reading your post about a pre-cbs strat. Thank you very much for sharing photos of the guitar.
    Is it possible to share your tracings of the body, the neck and the cavities of the guitar with me? I would be willing to pay a reward for these information.

    Thank you very much in advance!


    • Weybach November 16, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

      Hi Niclas, Thanks for reading! I can update the post with the drawings but I have to find time. I can say that the 62 RI blueprint floating around the internet is very consistent with the drawings. I’ll let you know if I do an update to the post. Thanks!

  2. Dave Tighe May 22, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi , great article, thanks for posting. I have a refinished 63 and was wondering if I can send you a photo of the Jack socket cavity as it looks weird and am worried it’s not what I thought it was. Regards, Dave

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  4. jose March 19, 2021 at 8:55 am #

    Hi, really good post. Would you be able to share photos of headstock with dimensions? There is not much information or photos of pre cbs headstocks (with precision gauge caliber) on internet. Thanks a lot!
    Regards from Spain. Jose.

  5. Chestnut March 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm #

    Dear Wayback,
    I’m interested by your measurements of that 1961 stratocaster, where can i get it ? Thanks a lot
    From France

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