Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62-500 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early vintage reissue example made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this "Made in Japan" Strat was crafted at the Fujigen factory, rarely seen outside its country of origin. The trio of original staggered alnico magnet single coils deliver a sound that is biting and clear, with ample sparkle and bridge position snap. The five-way pickup selector switch allows for easy access to the signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the switch, and the neck pickup has a very round, yet crisp sound. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, sporting the original vintage-spec fretwire. These slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut is 1.650" in width (42mm). The headstock features the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and even the small "50" sticker denoting the model tier is intact. The "Made in Japan" text and I-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated just like an early '60s Strat, reading 9-26-90, and the requisite factory stamps are present on the neck heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of alnico single coil pickups are wired to the original full-size pots which date to August of '90. The pickups measure in the mid-5k ohm range, ideal for vintage-flavored Strat tonalities. The tremolo has a full-size block, actuating easily with a smooth response. The chrome plating is very clean on the bridge base and jack cup, and original plastics include a white three-ply pickguard, uniformly yellowed pickup covers, and knobs that show much lighter aging.
The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish shows just a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with one shallow finish chip and a couple adjacent minor marks behind fret 2.
A gigbag is included