Up for sale, a 1982 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in the first year of Fender Japan production, this “Japanese Vintage” (JV) series guitar is a particularly rare example, loaded with the same pickups used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year.
Extremely accurate to vintage spec and sold only within Japan, this Strat has a resonant alder body paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a balanced, clear natural acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. This particular set of original USA-made single coils are only seen on the earliest JV (and Fullerton factory) models, with gray fiber bobbins and plastic leads that are a holdover from earlier CBS-era production, yet with staggered alnico magnets unique to the "reissue" models first offered in '82 . Also of note, due to a running change, by late '83 the USA pickups were phased out in the 65 model tier, making the Fullerton-made single coils all the rarer in this example. The bridge pickup is sparkling and clear, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and a chiming bell-like top end. The original three-way switch, if positioned carefully, can also access the thinned-out squawk and snap of the "in-between" settings. This Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood with a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire shows just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. On the small, ‘60s-style headstock, this Strat has the larger "spaghetti" Fender logo seen on the first JV models, with microscopic "Made In Japan" text beneath it. The original Kluson-style tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 9-29-82, and the four-bolt neck plate is embossed with the JV-prefix serial.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the solder joints are untouched, with full-size Japanese pots that date to May, 1982. The gray bobbin Fullerton-era USA-made pickups also have stamps on their baseplates from '82. Stock plastics comprise the three-ply parchment pickguard, lightly aged pickup covers, and the trio of knobs. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, including the jack cup and bridge base, with a touch of patina on the Fender-stamped saddles. The vibrato actuates quickly with its original arm, currently calibrated with three springs.
The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is vibrant and bold with a rich central ring of red. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings along the perimeter and on the back, a small area of light buckle wear central to the waist, and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth, lightly ambered gloss.
A gigbag is included.