Up for sale, a 1985 Fender '62 Stratocaster model ST62-70 vintage reissue in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the year following the JV series and retaining the same high level of quality, this Strat is accurate to vintage spec with a tonewood complement of an alder body, thick slab rosewood fretboard, and maple neck. The acoustic tone is very lively and full-sounding, qualities which translate well through the pickups. The guitar retains its original trio of single coils, purportedly USA-made according to Fender Japan's '85 catalog and matching the plastic bobbins of early American Standard pickups. The bridge pickup is sparkling and clear, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and a chiming bell-like top end. The original five-way switch makes it easy to access quintessential Strat quack and cut in positions 2 and 4 too. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret at .880" at the 12th. The thick slab 7 1/4" radius rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled edges for added comfort, and the original slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns and virtually no wear. The neck is straight and the truss rod is responsive, with a couple additional washers shimming the truss rod nut to ensure optimal range. The nut measures 1.680" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the correct early '60s shaped headstock, the original Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, embossed with an A-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the USA-made pickups have untouched solder joints, wired to full-size Japanese pots which date to March of 1985. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with a parchment three-ply pickguard and deeply aged pickup covers and knobs. The vibrato features Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size trem block, actuating easily for quick flutters and deeper dives. Extremely well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few scattered nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, and some pick scuffing across the guard. The gloss finish on the neck profile is very smooth and lightly ambered.
A gigbag is included.