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1987 Fender Custom Shop American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Blonde Mary Kaye w/ Gold Hardware, Case & Hangtag


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Up for sale, a 1987 Fender Custom Shop American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. An extremely unique short run model, Fender's Custom Shop (founded in 1987) produced 1000 "Mary Kaye" Stratocasters between 1987-89, divided into two 500 instrument runs equally split between maple and rosewood fingerboards. Ash body construction and all gold hardware set these Mary Kaye Strats apart from the standard American Vintage line, and while Custom Shop produced, the guitars still retain the V-prefix serialization of the American Vintage instruments.

Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this guitar is lightweight and tonally lively for a Strat from this particular run. The original trio of black bobbin alnico magnet single coils channel the midrange punch and sonic complexity of ash as a tonewood, paired with the warmth and detail of the rosewood fingerboard. Via the five-way pickup selector toggle, the guitar delivers bridge pickup spank, thinned-out quack in the "in-between" settings, and sweet, bell-like neck pickup chime. We've had this Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick cut of this tonewood, retaining its original 7 1/4" radius and professionally refretted with jumbo fretwire. The frets have tons of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock retains the original Stratocaster waterslide decal and gold Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably. The neck heel is pencil dated 8/14/87.

The original electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and a trio of black bobbin, staggered pole pickups wired to CTS pots that date to the 14th week of 1987. The gold plating on the hardware has plenty of shine, and the vibrato actuates smoothly with its original arm. Even the stock bridge cover is included. Stock plastics comprise the pickup covers, knobs, and three-ply pickguard which are bright white with sparingly little aging.

The nitro lacquer transparent Blonde finish highlights the broad, dynamic grain of the ash body, and the guitar is extremely well-kept. Cosmetic wear is limited to some modest yellowing of the nitro gloss on the lower bout body edge, with broad lacquer checking across the back, a few minor marks on the body perimeter, and some finish chipping along the edge above the neck plate. The lightly ambered nitro lacquer gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original tweed Fender hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtag.