Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62, boasting a custom color Burgundy Mist gloss finish and upgraded with USA-made Fender Custom Shop and Seymour Duncan 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 pickup trio includes two Fender Custom Shop Custom '54 black bobbin pickups in the neck and middle positions, along with a complimentary Seymour Duncan black bobbin Strat pickup at the bridge. This trio delivers 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 cut, 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 is extremely lightweight at 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fretboard, the original vintage-spec frets show moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with wear growing lighter until fret 9. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius and 1.660" wide nut (just shy of 1 11/16"), 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 "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of USA-made single coil pickups are wired to the original harness with an upgraded premium tubular tone cap. The vibrato has a full-size block for optimal sustain, and the guitar has clean chrome plating on the bridge base with light patina across the Fender-embossed bridge saddles and jack cup. Plastics include a parchment three-ply pickguard and uniformly aged knobs and switch tip. The Burgundy Mist gloss finish is honestly played, with scattered dings across the body particularly on the perimeter, with a spot of buckle rash between the belly contour and tremolo cavity. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss with some shallow marks along its length.
A gigbag is included.