Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62-70 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, loaded with the original complement of USA Fender black bobbin 57/62 single coil pickups. An upper tier Fender Japan exclusive model rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Stratocaster was produced at the famed Fujigen factory.
The trio of factory-installed 57/62 Fender American Vintage single coils feature black bobbin flatwork and staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets, delivering a sound that is crystalline and dynamic, balanced by a sweetness emblematic of Pre-CBS era Fender instruments. The bridge pickup has ample sparkle and bridge position twang, with signature Strat "quack" in the in-between positions on the five-way switch, and a neck pickup that has a very round, bell-like sound. The 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 C shape that's uncommonly round at the nut with generous shoulder and even more heft as you travel up the thick slab rosewood fretboard, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. On the dark, tight-grained slab rosewood fretboard, the original vintage-spec frets retain their full factory height, showing only very faint wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius and 1 11/16" wide nut, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock is fitted with Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and N-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate, and this transition model was one of the very last made at Fujigen despite the CIJ text which is typically attributed to Dyna Gakki production.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of Fender American Vintage 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 guitar has clean chrome plating on the bridge base and jack cup, with patina across the Fender-embossed bridge saddles. Plastics include a parchment three-ply pickguard and uniformly aged knobs and switch tip. The Olympic White gloss finish is bright and clean with sparingly little aging of the clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few small, shallow marks on the body as a whole, while the lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.