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1991 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in perfect working order, complete with a black tolex hardshell case. Finished in a naturally aged three-tone Sunburst, this alder-bodied Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, delivering an array of classic Fender tones via the trio of original 57/62 black bobbin pickups. Whether it's the sparkling snap of the bridge position, the extra warmth and girth that comes from the neck single coil (ideal for solos), or the thinned-out cut in the "in-between" settings on the switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 7lbs 12oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the slender frets are flawless, refretted from frets 1-3 with the same 6230 size vintage-spec fretwire, with a light level and crown on the otherwise original frets. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A new hand-carved bone nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the Fender Stratocaster waterslide decal is intact, and the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The V-prefix serial number is also present on the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel retains its November 15th, 1991 date stamp, along with additional factory stamps on the heel and in the pocket.

The stock electronics function flawlessly with CTS pots that date to the 21st week of 1991. The early American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups have staggered, un-beveled alnico magnet pole pieces and push-back cloth-covered leads. The original white plastic parts are all present, and the chrome hardware retains plenty of shine on the bridge base and jack cup, while the saddles show uniform surface patina. The vibrato works very smoothly and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.

The gloss nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish has a spot of light buckle rash between the neck plate and tremolo cavity cover, and a few additional small dings and minor finish scratches on the body as a whole. There is also prominent “stand rash” on the lower bout body edge through the finish, where the lacquer reacted with the rubber of a guitar stand. The neck profile retains its smooth, deeply ambered gloss.

A black tolex Fender hardshell case is included.