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1983 Fender '62 Stratocaster JV ST62-65 Sunburst w/ USA Fullerton Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in the second 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. As the factory sticker on the pickguard purports, the guitar is loaded with its original trio of USA-made Fullerton era single coils. True to vintage spec, these pickups feature black bobbin flatwork, unbeveled staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered leads. Also of note, due to a running change in 1983 with the pickups in the 65 model tier, the Fullerton-made single coils were phased out within months after this guitar's production. 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 guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The lightly figured flame maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve, very representative of 1960-62 shapes, with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire shows moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-10, becoming progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 42mm (1.650” in width). On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the small “65” sticker, denoting the original price of the guitar as ¥65,000. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 9-5-83, and the "Made In Japan" text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, which is embossed with the JV-prefix serial number.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups wired to the Japanese harness with full-size pots that date to June of 1983. All of the original plastic parts are intact, including the white three-ply guard, pickup covers, and knobs. The pickguard even retains the small factory “Pick Up Made in USA” sticker. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with light patina on the Fender-stamped bridge saddles. The vibrato actuales easily, complete with its original arm and full-size trem block for optimal sustain.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish includes a small area of wear down to the alder on the bass-side waist at the belly contour, limited buckle worming and additional minor nicks on the back and lower bout body edge, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth, lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is ngh-flawless and highlights subtle flame figuring in the maple.

A brown faux leather gigbag is included.