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1987 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 Vintage Reissue ST62-55 Black E-Serial, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1987 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-55 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early E-prefix serial “Made in Japan” Stratocaster was crafted at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and 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 sparkling and clear, with ample bridge position bounce and cut. The neck pickup is round yet crisp, and the five-way pickup selector switch allows for easy access to the signature Strat "quack" at the in-between positions on the switch. This Strat weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with good shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more roundness as you travel up the fretboard and measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick, dark slab with a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect with its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. 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 has 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 1-12-87, 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 with untouched solder joints, and the trio of ST-Vintage alnico single coil pickups are wired to the original full-size pots which date between March and June of 1987. The tremolo has a full-size block, actuating easily with a smooth response and bouncing quickly back to pitch. The chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, and plastics include the uniformly yellowed pickup covers, original knobs, and three-ply white pickguard.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is smooth and clean.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.