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1988 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-55 Sunburst, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-55 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. This early “Made in Japan” Strat was crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory, meant for sale in the domestic Japanese market and uncommon outside of 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 neck pickup has a very round, yet crisp sound, and the five-way pickup selector switch allows for easy access to the signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard and measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .980” 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 with well-rounded crowns, showing only a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. 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 1-23-88, 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 December, 1987. 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, with light patina on the saddles. Plastics include the uniformly yellowed pickup covers, original knobs, and a clean three-ply white pickguard.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a few minor nicks along the lower bout body edge, a couple finish scratches of note on the top and back, and a ding on the back central to the treble-side lower bout. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.