Up for sale, a 1987 Squier by Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model SST-30 in collector-grade, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with original hardshell case and hangtags. 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 basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, the acoustic response of this guitar is smooth and clear, channeled through the stock SQ-3 ceramic magnet single coil pickups. These coils are notably hot, metering at 14k ohms with more punch and cut than traditional alnico magnet pickups. There's an overarching midrange fullness to the signal, with a bridge pickup that has plenty of bite and oomph, and a neck position coil retaining excellent warmth and depth. Weighing 7lbs 6oz, this Stratocaster has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius and features the original immaculate slender fretwire. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"). The headstock features the Squier by Fender logo and microscopic “Made in Japan” text, with Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuner which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. There is a small “36” sticker on the back of the headstock which denotes the original prices of the guitar (36,000 yen) when sold new. The E-prefix serial number is present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 7-8-87.
On the body, all the electronics function as intended, with the three SQ-3 pickups wired to the original trio of full-size pots which are dated to February, 1987. The chrome plating on the hardware is stunningly clean, with just a hint of patina on the Fender-stamped saddles. Plastics include the original knobs, pickup covers, and three-ply pickguard, all of which are bright white. The gloss Sunburst finish is similarly immaculate, with barely a scratch on it, and the neck profile gloss is similarly pristine.
The original hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags, owner’s manual, and inspection card.