Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster, model ST-562 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made at the Fujigen factory in Japan, the Fender Contemporary series was produced from 1984-1987, amongst the first Fender-branded guitars to be exported to the USA. Designed to appeal to the "Superstrat" crowd, this particular guitar has the traditional triple single coil configuration, with a Schaller "System I" vibrato unit and corresponding locking nut, similar to the Floyd Rose systems that were being retrofitted en masse to Strat-style instruments in the '80s.
This guitar has plenty of natural sustain and percussive midrange that translates well through the original alnico magnet pickups. All the classic scoop and quack that one expects from a Strat is accessible via the "in-between" positions on the five-way blade switch. The bridge pickup cuts and sparkles, while the neck pickup has the round yet clear quality that makes it an ideal pickup position for lead work. The guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with low action, solid intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures 25 1/2", and the nut is 1 5/8" in width. The headstock face features small "Made in Japan" text under the Stratocaster name, along with an E-prefix serial number. The original locking nut is intact, working in concert with the Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuning machines, ensuring optimal tuning stability.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the three single coil pickups wired to a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume, and dual Tone knobs. The heel of the neck has a clear 8-5-85 pencil date and "ST-562" model designation stamp, and the original full-size pots date to July of 1985 with untouched solder joints. The body is routed in the traditional fashion, with three individual single coil routes (not the "swimming pool" route seen on lesser models). The cream knobs and pickup covers have uniformly aged, and the three-ply white pickguard is exceptionally clean. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint scuffs on the guard in the pick path, and just a few stray minor marks on the body as a whole. The custom Candy Apple Red finish is remarkably well preserved, and the gloss neck profile is equally clean.