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1990 Fender Stratocaster Order Made ST62 Walnut Satin Nitro Lacquer w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender “Order Made” Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order. This rare and extremely well-kept “Made in Japan” Strat was crafted at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production. Part of the Order Made program, essentially made-to-order instruments which featured a bevy of non-catalog finish and component options, this ST62 has a satin Walnut nitro lacquer finish complete with matching peghead, loaded with the stock trio of Fender's American Vintage series 57/62 black bobbin pickups.

Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, and this 8lbs 7oz guitar has a resonant, authoritative acoustic profile with both midrange warmth and treble clarity, qualities faithfully captured by the USA-made single coil pickups. The American Vintage 57/62 pickups feature black fiber bobbins, unbeveled alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads, faithful to vintage spec and delivering a bevy of classic Strat tonalities. The bridge pickup has a sparkling cut, the neck pickup is sweet and bell-like in its response, and the instrument offers plenty of hollow Strat quack at the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Strat 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 with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th, The dark, tight-grained rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius and original slender frets that are remarkably clean, showing only a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 2-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for ideal note clarity and sustain. On the Walnut-finished headstock, the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and K-prefix serial number are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate, and the neck pocket retains its “Order Made” stamp and number, matching the number stamped on the neck heel.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the stock pickups wired to an upgraded harness loaded with USA-made 250k CTS pots. The chrome-plated jack cup and bridge base are notably clean, with a light dusting of patina on the saddles. The vibrato uses a full-size block, and the unit actuates smoothly smoothly for quick flutters and more dramatic dives. The original white plastics show sparingly little aging, with bright white knobs and a three-ply pickguard that shows only a bit of requisite pick wear on the treble side.

The satin nitro lacquer Walnut finish highlights the broad and particularly dynamic grain in the ash body, and cosmetic wear is exceedingly minimal, limited to a scant few tiny dings on the upper bout on top and at the lower bout on the back. The satin finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

A padded gigbag is included.