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1984 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue JV ST62-65 Sunburst, USA Fullerton Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1984 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-65 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the third year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is a particularly rare example, with the same pickups used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. 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 paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a chiming, clear natural acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. The bridge pickup has ample snap and twang, with classic Strat quack in the "in-between" positions on the three-way switch. The neck pickup has quite a bit of breadth and roundness, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation 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 .810" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. On the dark slab rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and nut that measures 42.5mm (1.675") in width. On the correct early '60s shape headstock, this Strat has the larger "spaghetti" Fender logo seen on the JV models, while the "Made In Japan" text is present above the four-bolt neck plate embossed with the JV-prefix serial number. The original Kluson-style tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 9-5-84, and the truss rod nut is flush with the heel, needing little adjustment in the past nearly 40 years.

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 back to May of 1983. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with the white three-ply guard contrasted with uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with light patina on the Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size trem block for optimal sustain.

The Sunburst finish exhibits some finish loss and a bit of additional residue on top of the gloss behind the bridge related to a removed Roland GK pickup. There are various dings and a couple small finish chips on the body perimeter, with more retrained wear on the back, and pick scuffing extending beyond the pickguard to the bass-side waist on top. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile has one nick central to the carve behind fret 1, and just a few additional minor marks on the profile length, none of which distract the palm or impact playability.

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.

The original Fender Japan gigbag is included.