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1986 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-55 Black, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-55 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. An early “Made in Japan” Strat, this guitar was crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory, uncommon outside its country of origin.  

Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat circa 1962, tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The trio of original ST-Vintage  alnico magnet single coils deliver a sound that is biting and clear, with ample sparkle and bridge position snap. The five-way pickup selector switch allows for easy access to the signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the switch, and the neck pickup has a very round, yet crisp sound. This Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with robust, inviting shoulders in all registers, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick, dark slab, and the stock slender frets are flawless. This Strat plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2” scale, with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. The headstock sports a small Pre-CBS shape and “spaghetti” logo, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel is pencil dated 2-23-86, and the “Made in Japan” text and E-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of ST-Vintage alnico single coil pickups are wired to the original full-size pots which date to January, 1986. The tremolo has a full-size block for ideal sustain, actuating easily with a smooth response. The chrome plating on the hardware is very clean, showing just a touch of patina on the saddles. The plastics include the original pickup covers, a modern trio of pristine Fender knobs, and a similarly clean modern three-ply parchment pickguard.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some minor dings largely clustered on the forearm contour on top, with similar wear on the back and body perimeter. There are also a few light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is practically perfect, with the exception of one microscopic chip on the bass-side shoulder at fret 2 that has no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.