Up for sale, a 1982 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-65, honestly played and thoroughly upgraded. Produced in the inaugural year of Fender Japan production, this rare model was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market as part of the "Japanese Vintage" (JV) line which only lasted from 1982-84. These extremely well-crafted instruments paralleled Fender's USA reissue production at the Fullerton factory, and this Strat is extremely accurate to vintage spec with a resonant alder body, thick slab rosewood fretboard on the one-piece maple neck, and a smooth, balanced acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups.
The electronics and plastics have been upgraded with vintage-spec USA Fender parts including a trio of American Original 57/62 single coils wired to a five-way Switchcraft switch and USA-made CTS 250k pots. These black bobbin single coils feature alnico magnets and push-back cloth wire, faithfully reproducing a broad range of vital, sparkling Strat tonalities. The bridge pickup is snappy and sweet, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and a chiming bell-like top end. The five-way switch makes it easy to access quintessential Strat quack and cut in positions 2 and 4 too. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a very slender C carve at the nut with round, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register. The profile gains a bit more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret at .925" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a very dark and tight-grained cut, professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have ample meat and crown, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the straight neck. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and 1 5/8" nut width. On the correct '60s shape headstock, the guitar features the larger "spaghetti" Fender script seen on the earliest JV models, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 9-18-82, and the JV-prefix serial number is embossed on the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the USA-made Fender Original 57/62 black bobbin pickups wired to CTS pots and a Switchcraft five-way switch. The plastics include an early Fender American Vintage aged mint green pickguard paired with cream knobs and pickup covers, and the chrome hardware shows surface patina consistent with age, particularly on the bridge saddles. The Sunburst gloss finish is warm and bold, representative of the burst gradient on genuine Pre-CBS Fender examples. There is forearm wear through the gloss on the lower bout body edge, with various finish chips, nicks and scuffs, mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The deeply ambered gloss on the neck profile shows just a few tiny marks.