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1983 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue JV ST62-65 Black, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Fender ‘62 Stratocaster vintage reissue model ST62-65 in perfect working order, 100% original save for the wiring harness. Made in the second year of Fender Japan production, this rare, early model was initially only offered in 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 accurate to vintage spec with a resonant alder body, thick slab rosewood fretboard on the maple neck, and a smooth, balanced acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. The guitar retains its original trio of black bobbin single coils, purportedly USA-made according to Fender Japan's '83 catalog. The bridge pickup is sparkling and clear, 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 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a very tight-grained cut with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius. The original slender frets are in exceptional condition, retaining their full factory height with well-rounded crowns and only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel is pencil dated “5-14-83”, and the “Made in Japan” text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, embossed with the JV-prefix serial number.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original black bobbin pickups wired to a harness with substituted components including full-size Alpha pots and a five-way pickup selector switch. Original plastics include the deeply yellowed pickup covers and knobs, and the three-ply white pickguard, which displays some requisite scuffing along the pick path. The chrome-plated hardware shows uniform patina, and the vibrato features Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size trem block for optimal sustain. The gloss Black finish has its fair share of honest wear, with a number of nicks and dings on the body as a whole, particularly concentrated on the lower bout. There is buckle rash central to the back and some small finish chips on the body perimeter. The deeply ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean save for a couple minor marks.

A Gator-brand gigbag is included.