Fender Stratocaster 1961
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Overview

Like all Fender Stratocasters made before 1965, the 1961 is an extremely collectable and sought-after instrument. The 1961 Strat was not radically different from those of '59 and '60. The neck profile did thicken somewhat, though was not as thick as pre-1958. Other changes include the addition of patent numbers to the headstock, and a bolder red hue in the "3-tone" sunburst finish. 

Years of Production: 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: Addition of patent numbers to headstock, neck profile is slightly thicker than last two years. 

Body Style: Offset solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with slab Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for the '61 Stratocaster though some custom finishes do start to become more common.  

Notable Players:  Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Stratocaster
Finish
  • Blonde
  • Fiesta Red
  • Olympic White
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1961
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Alder
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Sunburst
  • White
  • Yellow
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Series
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
  • Plain

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