Up for sale, a 1987 Squier by Fender '62-style Stratocaster in exceptional condition and 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 an upgraded trio of stagger pole alnico magnet single coils. The pickups deliver plenty of top end detail and sparkle, with a clear, percussive sound and a broad tonal range on the five-way pickup selector switch. The guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, 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 profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and an easy-playing, fast feel, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut featuring dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 8, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut is 1 5/8“ in width, and the headstock features the original chrome Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well, with the E-prefix serial number and "Made in Japan" text on the headstock face.
All of the electronics function as intended, with upgraded alnico single coils wired to the original trio of full-size pots which date to 1987. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine with only light surface patina, and plastic parts include a three-ply white pickguard and uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs. Cosmetic wear on the Olympic White gloss finish is remarkably limited, with faint scuffs in pick path and a few minuscule marks and finish scratches on the instrument in its entirety. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
A gigbag and the original trio of ceramic single coils are included.