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1983 Fender '62 Stratocaster JV ST62-115 w/ Lacquer Finish & USA Fullerton Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-115 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Produced in the second year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is an exceedingly rare example and the highest tiered model offered, with a nitro lacquer gloss finish and the same pickups and steel vibrato block used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. The pickups are the original black bobbin trio with staggered alnico V magnets, 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 necks seen on the first Fullerton factory '62 Strats produced concurrently in the USA.

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 Strat weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .830” 1st fret, .930” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood slab, 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius
-Frets: Slender, hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3
-Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh
-Serialization: “Made in Japan” on headstock face, JV-prefix serial on four-bolt neck plate, neck heel pencil dated 4-21-83, “A” stamp in neck pocket denotes 115,000 yen model tier

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Fullerton USA-made black bobbin single coil x3
-Harness: Untouched solder, Full-size Japanese pots date to 26th week of 1982
-Hardware: Six-point vibrato with steel block
-Plastics: Three-ply pickguard, white knobs/pickup covers

The gloss nitro lacquer Sunburst finish exhibits some light pick wear on the bass side of the strum path and some small dings and finish scratches from careful use on the body as a whole, particularly on the body perimeter and behind the bridge on top. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

The original "Fender USA"-branded faux leather gigbag is included.