Up for sale, a 1983 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-85 in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the second 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 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 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 on the "in-between" switch positions. The neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 8oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and fresh 9-42 strings.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. On the very dark slab rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are practically perfect with their full factory height. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and a nut that measures 42.5mm 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 Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 3-28-83, with an additional factory shim in the pocket also dated to '83. 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 black bobbin pickups and untouched solder joints. The original trio of Japanese pots are intact, dating to January of '83. All of the original plastic parts are near mint and bright white, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming, with 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. Stunningly well-kept, the guitar exhibits a couple tiny shallow marks on the bass-side lower bout on top, and one similarly small mark just below the belly carve on the back. Beyond that, there are only a few exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body, and the lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case with Fender badge on the exterior is included, along with original hangtags both for this guitar and an accompanying Fender amp presumably purchased at the same time.