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1984 Fender '62 Stratocaster JV ST62-85 Candy Apple Red w/ USA Fullerton Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1984 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-85 in perfect working order with a Candy Apple Red custom color finish. A very early Fender Japan model, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar combines a neck and loaded body from the same model and tier. The neck dates to 1984, and the fully loaded body has date codes from early '83. This JV model boasts the same early black bobbin staggered pole pickups used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same era.

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 is notably lightweight at 7lbs 2oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a deeply ambered gloss finish, highlighting subtle birdseye figuring that extends the length of the profile. The neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, professionally refretted with slender 6230-size fretwire that has flawless crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"). On the headstock, this Strat has the smaller (and more correct) "spaghetti" Fender logo seen on the later JV models, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 7-26-84, with the "B" designation in the neck pocket noting the 85,000 yen model tier. The original JV-prefix serial number is embossed on the neck plate, and the "Made in Japan" text is present on the neck just above the plate.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups wired to the stock trio of Japanese pots which date to March of '83. Hardware includes the vibrato with Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size USA-made steel trem block for optimal sustain. Plastics include a non-original three-ply white pickguard and modern cream knobs, closely matching the original trio of pickup covers.

The gloss Candy Apple Red finish exhibits some scattered dings, largely on the body perimeter and extending to the back to a lesser extent, with one additional large finish chip on the back lower bout body edge. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss finish.

A form fit brown faux leather gigbag is included.