Up for sale, a 1985 Squier by Fender '62 vintage reissue Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Built at the FujiGen Gakki factory in Japan, this guitar was one of Fender's earliest attempts at a quality, affordable Strat under the Squier brand name. Following in the footsteps of the venerable "JV" line that kicked off Fender Japan's vintage reissue run, this guitar easily exceeds the quality of later Squier iterations, featuring a thick slab rosewood fretboard, maple neck, and basswood body, complete with the original trio of ceramic magnet single coil pickups. These pickups kick and snarl quite a bit more than traditional single coils, with plenty of output and a clear, percussive quality. The guitar weighs 7lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C shaped profile with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, filling out with a bit more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The instrument conforms to traditional Fender spec with a thick slab rosewood fretboard, 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and stock slender fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8, extending further up the fretboard beneath the B string. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features the Stratocaster logo in block letters, with microscopic "Made in Japan" text below the Squier name. The guitar is fitted with a set of nickel Lawrence-brannded double line Kluson Deluxe-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with an A-prefix serial number, and the neck heel is pencil dated, just like a golden age Fender instrument, reading 2-15-85.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with the three original ceramic magnet single coil pickups wired to a five-way pickup selector switch and full-size pots which date to July of 1984. The vibrato has a smooth, deliberate response allowing for fairly deep dives and subtle warbles. There is uniform patina on the chrome hardware, and the plastic parts are all intact including the aged pickup covers and knobs. Cosmetic wear includes requisite pick scuffing in the strum path, some isolated finish chipping on the outside edge of the treble-side body horn, and scattered scratches and tiny marks mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The neck profile sports the original ambered gloss finish, with a few marks on the treble side of the profile carve behind frets 5-8.
A gigbag is included.