Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-70 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This upper-tier “Made in Japan” Strat was produced during the golden age of Fender Japan production and is rarely seen outside of its country of origin, loaded with the original trio of Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups.
The trio of factory-installed 57/62 Fender American Vintage series single coils feature black bobbin flatwork and staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets, delivering a sound that is crystalline and dynamic. The bridge pickup has ample sparkle, cut and upper-midrange presence, there’s signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the five-way switch, and the neck pickup that has a round, bell-like chime. This guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more roundness and heft in the upper registers, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and flawless stock slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.675” (just shy of 1 11/16”) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The “Made in Japan” text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of Fender American Vintage 57/62 single coil pickups are wired to the original harness with untouched solder joints. The vibrato has a full-size block for optimal sustain, and the unit actuates smoothly, currently outfitted with three springs and complete with the original arm. The chrome-plated hardware has a light dusting of patina, including the bridge base, jack cup, and Fender-embossed saddles. The three-ply white pickguard has some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, and the original trio of uniformly aged knobs round out the plastics.
The gloss Sunburst finish exhibits broad finish checking on the body, and cosmetic wear includes a number of dings largely relegated to the back and lower bout, with a handful of additional faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
A padded faux leather gigbag is included.