Up for sale, a 1992 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags.
Finished in Candy Apple Red gloss nitro lacquer, 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 8lbs 9oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've restrung this Strat with 10-46 strings and dialed in the action and intonation for optimal playability.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a bit more heft and shoulder in the higher registers, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The dark slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The 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 chrome four-bolt neck plate, and the neck pocket and heel retain numerous factory stamps.
The stock electronics function flawlessly with CTS pots that date to the 41st week of 1992. The optional five-way switch included from the factory has been installed, governing the early American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups with staggered, un-beveled pole pieces. The original white plastic parts are in great shape, and the chrome hardware is gleaming on the bridge base and jack cup. The vibrato works very smoothly and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.
The gloss nitro lacquer Candy Apple Red finish exhibits tight lacquer checking, with some oxidation and darkening of the finish where the forearm crosses the top. There are some scattered small finish chips primarily on the back and body perimeter, and a few additional minor finish scratches and marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.
The original brown tolex Fender-branded G&G hardshell case is included, along with a few original hangtags.