Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage Fender tweed hardshell case. Crafted early 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. True to vintage spec, the USA-made Fullerton era single coil 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 13oz, benefitting from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has an early ‘60s-style slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire exhibits moderate wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, with wear growing progressively lighter beneath the plain strings up to fret 10. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Fender "spaghetti" logo has the slightly larger font associated with the first JV models from 1982, and the original Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 1-10-83, 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 November of ‘82. All of the original plastic parts are intact and very well-kept, including the white three-ply pickguard, pickup covers, and knobs with lightly greened text, and the guard has some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the strum path. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean, with light patina on the Fender-stamped bridge saddles. The vibrato actuales easily and bounces quickly back to pitch, with a full-size trem block for optimal sustain.
The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish has a rich, vintage-spec burst gradient, and cosmetic wear is limited to a number of nicks on the body as a whole, most prominent along the lower bout perimeter and on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile that have impact on playability.
An era-correct vintage Fender tweed hardshell case is included, identical to the cases that came with the American Vintage Fender models and a marked upgrade from the gigbag usually paired with the JV Strats. The case features all three functional latches, clean brown leather ends, and the original handle.