I got this for a Strat partscaster project that I made fairly closely to early '60s specs, including '60s voiced pickups, vintage taper 250k pots, and a 0.1 uf capacitor. This pickguard was more a style thing--I wanted a mint pickguard, and I know the '62 pickguard is distinguished with one of the mount screw holes set equidistant from the neck and middle pickups. I like that little detail. More modern pickguards have that screw hole set closer to the middle pickup. Not sure why. I like the '62 layout a little better, so I went with this one. It is period correct.Note that the color of the sample image here is kind of misleading. The sample looks a bit yellowed and aged looking, but the actual pickguard is a more subtle shade of mint. I have another Fender pickguard in the same shade of mint on a black Strat, and it's kind of subtle with such a dark color. I got the '62 for a Strat in baby blue, and it really pops out with the pastel color.Also note some of the finishing details. The mount screw holes, pickup screw holes, and switch screw holes are all countersunk, so you can use oval head screws to get the screw heads to sit nice and flush inside the holes. Some aftermarket pickguards don't have these details, so in this case it's worth getting the real deal. Also, there's a small bevel at the base of the neck pocket, supposedly to accommodate adjustment of a truss rod screw at the heel without having to remove the neck, but I'd probably want to carve that out a bit more if I really wanted to use it that way.Sometimes Fender gets their products really right, and this mint '62 spec pickguard is a quality item. I'm glad to have it.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]