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1991 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 Vintage Reissue ST62-500 Sunburst, 100% Original, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-500 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The “Made in Japan” Strat was crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production.

Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard. The original trio of ST-Vintage alnico magnet single coil pickups deliver a bevy of classic Strat tonalities; the bridge pickup has a sparkling cut, the neck has a bell-like fullness, and the in-between positions on the five-way selector switch offer scooped Strat quack. Featherweight at 6lbs 7oz, this Strat benefits from a 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 .840” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel is pencil dated 10-4-91, with additional factory markings on the heel and in the pocket. The “Made in Japan” text and K-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a standard Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control configuration; the harness features original full-size Japanese pots, which date to June, ‘91. Plastics include original uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs contrasted by the three-ply parchment pickguard. The vibrato has a full-sized diecast block, and the unit actuates smoothly, bouncing quickly back to pitch for surfy warbles and broader gestures.

The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is rich and vibrant, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of minor nicks on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout perimeter, and a very small area of buckle worming on the back central to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with some microscopic, shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.