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1982 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue JV ST62-85 Sunburst w/ USA Fullerton Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1982 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-85 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the first year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is an exceedingly rare example and a higher-tiered model, with the same pickups and steel trem block used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. The pickups are a combination of gray and red bobbin single coils (a transitional pairing of red and gray bobbins is correct for this model in mid-'82), and this JV series Strat is  notable for having a very faithful and fast-feeling '60s neck carve, with a bit more shoulder than the Fullerton factory necks.

Extremely accurate to vintage spec and sold only within Japan, this Strat has a resonant alder body and chiming, clear quality that translates well through the pickups. The bridge pickup has ample snap and twang, with classic Strat "quack" in the 2 and 4 positions on the five-way switch. The neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve very representative of early 60-62 shapes with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. On the dark slab rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact with their full factory height, showing very light wear beneath the G and B strings on the crowns of frets 1-8. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and a nut that measures 1.675" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). On the correct early '60s shape 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 7-6-82, with an additional factory shim in the pocket also dated to '82. The truss rod nut is flush with the heel, needing little adjustment in the past 30 years, and the original JV-prefix serial number is embossed on the neck plate.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era gray and red bobbin pickups in the middle and bridge positions, both with stamps on their baseplates from 1982. The neck pickup is also a genuine Fender gray bobbin from the same factory and era of production, dating back to 1979 with flat pole pieces. The original trio of Japanese pots are intact, dating to March of '82. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with light aging on the pickup covers. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with a touch of patina on the Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size USA-made steel trem block for optimal sustain.

The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish has a very vintage-correct burst gradient with deep brownish black body edges, and this thin gloss finish is purportedly nitro lacquer according to the Fender factory literature for this model tier. Cosmetic wear includes some scattered dings on the body as a whole, primarily on the back, with some additional light scuffs and minor marks on the lower bout body edge. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss with a few small marks along the length of the profile. Overall the guitar exhibits light, honest playwear yet is remarkably clean in terms of the frets, plastics, and hardware.

Exported directly from Tokyo and a model that very rarely comes up for sale, this JV Strat is one of the earliest Fender reissues, complete with original Fullerton factory Fender USA gray and red bobbin pickups.

An era correct (and very early) Fender Japan padded gigbag is included.