Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue left-handed model ST62-65L in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtag. This left-handed “Made in Japan” Strat was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is uncommon outside of its country of origin.
Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Stratocaster, this Fender Japan model has a clear, sparkling acoustic tone with great clarity and cut, featuring a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The pickups are a ceramic magnet variety, delivering an authoritative, cutting sound with more punch than traditional alnico magnets. This Fender weighs 7lbs 7oz, benefitting from a professional 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 well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The thick 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 Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and N-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by the traditional Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control array, plus a five-way pickup selector switch. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, and plastics comprise the clean three-ply white pickguard and gently aged pickup covers and knobs.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to a cluster of moderately-sized dings on the back at the treble-side waist, some minor marks on the body perimeter, and a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the manual and serialized hangtag.