Up for sale, a 1982 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-65 in perfect working order, outfitted with a trio of USA-made black bobbin pickups. Hailing from Fender Japan's first year, this Japanese Vintage (JV) series guitar was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory.
Accurate to vintage spec, this Strat has an alder body paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a balanced, clear natural acoustic quality that translates well through the upgraded set of pickups. The (unbranded and ostensibly Fender-made) black bobbin single coils are faithful to vintage spec in construction and wind, with staggered alnico pole pieces and cloth-covered leads, delivering a range of quintessential Strat tones via the five-way pickup selector switch. This JV Stratocaster weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire exhibits moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9 that becomes progressively lighter as you travel up the neck. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the small, ‘60s-style headstock, this Strat has the larger "spaghetti" Fender logo seen on the first JV models, and the microscopic "Made In Japan" text beneath it has been scratched out. The Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with the JV-prefix serial number, and the neck heel is pencil dated to 10-4-82.
The upgraded electronics include the black bobbin pickup trio wired to Alpha-branded pots. All of the plastics are new as well including the pickguard and knobs, and the body has previously been routed for a humbucker in the bridge position, with additional touch-up to match the surrounding original finish. The hardware is original, including the vibrato with full-size trem block.
The gloss Black finish exhibits various finish chips, dings and scuffs, with buckle wear on the lower bout on the back. The neck profile retains its ambered gloss, with several shallow nicks along the profile length that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.