Up for sale, a 1983 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-65 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Produced early in the second year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is an particularly rare example, with the same pickups used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. The pickups are a trio of stock black bobbin single coils, 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" in the 2 and 4 positions on the five-way switch. The neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve very representative of early 60-62 shapes with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. On the dark slab rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact with their full factory height, showing very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7, extending even more faintly beneath the B string to fret 10. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and an upgraded hand-carved bone nut that measures 1.675" 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 original Kluson-style tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 4-2-83, and the truss rod nut is flush with the heel, needing little adjustment in the past 30 years. The original JV-prefix serial number is embossed on the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups. The harness has been upgraded with new USA-made 250k CTS pots and a Switchcraft five-way pickup selector switch. All of the original plastic parts are intact, bright white and near mint. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with a touch of patina on the Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size trem block for optimal sustain.
The Olympic White gloss finish is virtually unaged, with a spot of light buckle rash between the neck plate and tremolo cavity, and a few scattered small dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely on the lower bout body edge and behind the bridge on top. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless and lightly ambered.
Exported directly from Tokyo and a model that very rarely comes up for sale, this JV Strat is one of the earliest Fender reissues, complete with original Fullerton factory Fender USA black bobbin pickups.
A Fender Japan gigbag is included.