Up for sale, a 1982 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-115 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, finished in Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer and 100% original save for a new trio of pots. Produced in the first year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is an exceedingly rare example and the highest tiered model offered, with the same pickups and steel trem block used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. The distinctive red bobbin Fullerton-era USA-made single coils are a coveted set, and this JV series Strat is notable for having a very faithful and fast-feeling '60s neck carve, with a bit more roundness than the Fullerton factory necks produced in the same year.
Extremely accurate to vintage spec, with the majority of examples sold only to the Japanese domestic market, this Strat has a resonant alder body and a lively overarching acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. The bridge pickup has a sweet, sparkling cut, with classic Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the three-way pickup selector switch. The neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. This guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, fresh 10-46 strings, and accurate intonation.
-Shape: Slender C, good shoulders, measuring .785” 1st fret, .910” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, lightly rolled edges, 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius
-Frets: Slender, very faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 4-7
-Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style Gotoh
-Serialization: JV-prefix serial on four-bolt neck plate. Neck heel pencil dated 7-19-82
-Pickups: Fender Fullerton USA-made red bobbin single coils x3, bobbin stamps date to '82
-Harness: Modern USA-spec CTS 250k pots, Sprague Orange Drop cap, original switch
-Controls: Volume x1, Tone x2, three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Vintage-style vibrato, clean chrome plating
-Plastics: Three-ply parchment pickguard, lightly aged pickup covers/knobs
The custom color Candy Apple Red gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits a handful of minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout perimeter, as well as faint buckle rash central to the back and very light scuffing on top along the bass side of the strum path. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.
The original Fender-branded faux leather gigbag is included.