Up for sale, a 1992 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare left-handed variant, this early “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the famed Fujigen factory with both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known.
Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, this model has a clear, spanky acoustic tone with great clarity and cut, featuring a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The trio of original flat pole alnico magnet single coils deliver a sound that is biting and clear, with ample sparkle and bridge position snap. The 2 and 4 positions on the five-way switch have plenty of thinned-out quack, and the neck pickup has a round, yet crisp sound. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with notable roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, offering a nice baseball batt-y handful from the 7th fret and beyond. The fretboard edges are lightly rolled, and the profile measures .800” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a vintage-correct 7 1/4" radius and pristine stock slender fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length measures 25 1/2”, and the nut measures 42mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock sports a Pre-CBS small Strat shape, with Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and O-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of alnico single coil pickups are wired to the original harness and five-way switch. The trio of full-size pots date to June of 1992. The hardware retains its bright chrome plating on the bridge base, with a touch of patina on the jack cup, and the vibrato responds smoothly for quick shimmies and deeper dives. All of the original plastics are intact, comprising a three-ply white pickguard and uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs. The Olympic White gloss exhibits a few dings on top behind the bridge, one large finish chip along on treble-side lower bout body edge, and a few additional minor dings and finish scuffs on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the lower bout on the back. The neck sports a flawless ambered gloss finish.
A gigbag is included.