Up for sale, a Fender Stratocaster "partscaster," boasting a 1987 Fender Japan '57 Stratocaster neck and a loaded 1989 Fender Japan '62 Stratocaster body. An honestly played and professionally setup Strat with components crafted at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan, this instrument has also been upgraded with a set of Fender USA Pure Vintage 57/62 pickups.
This Strat has a resonant alder body paired with a one-piece maple neck, offering a resonant natural acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. These pickups have beveled, staggered alnico magnets, black fiber bobbins and cloth covered leads, faithfully replicating the hallmarks of Fender's Pre-CBS pickups from the 1950s and '60s. The bridge pickup has plenty of sparkling cut and chime, with quack and snappy cut in the "in-between" positions on the five-way switch, while the neck pickup has a sweet, bell-like quality. The guitar weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender fretwire is intact, with wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12 that grows progressively fainter as you approach the octave. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel retains factory stamps and is pencil dated 1-24-87. Above the “Fender”-embossed four bolt neck plate, the E-prefix serial number and “Made in Japan” text are present.
All of the electronics work as intended on the loaded '62 Stratocaster (ST62) body, with the upgraded Fender USA Pure Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups wired to the Japanese harness with full-size pots that date back to July of 1989. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with the white three-ply pickguard and deeply yellowed knobs. The chrome hardware shows notable patina on the bridge saddles and jack cup, with brighter chrome plating on the bridge base. The vibrato has a full-size block, actuating easily with three springs for quick flutters and deeper dives.
The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is vibrant and accurate to early '60s spec, exhibiting various nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole, most notably on the back lower body edge, and behind the bridge on top. There is also one finish chip of note adjacent to the input jack. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss finish on the profile, with only a couple shallow marks central to the carve behind fret 4.