Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62-70 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare upscale iteration of the '62 Strat platform with a set of factory installed Fender American Vintage 57/62 single coils, this Fender Japan Strat was a Japan domestic market only model, made in the famed Fujigen factory and boasting a Sunburst gloss finish over the alder body. The trio of original American Vintage Fender single coils feature black fiber bobbins, cloth-covered leads, and staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets, delivering a sound that is biting and clear, with ample sparkle and bridge position twang. The five-way pickup selector switch allows for easy access to the signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions, and the neck pickup has a very round, yet crisp sound. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a round, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and the original vintage-spec fretwire. These slender frets retain their full factory height, with decent grooves beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with wear growing progressively lighter until fret 11. The guitar plays well in every position with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports a Pre-CBS small Strat shape, with correct logo and Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Above the four-bolt neck plate, the "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial number are intact, and the neck heel is pencil dated 3-17-93.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of USA-made Fender single coil pickups are wired to the original harness with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to February of 1993. The tremolo has a full-size block for optimal sustain, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. The plastic parts are also very clean, still very white with a bit of requisite pick scuffing across the guard. Particularly well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few small nicks on top on the lower bout and a few additional nicks on the back and body parameter. The lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean with just a couple tiny nicks.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.