Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order. A very early Crafted in Japan era instrument, the ST62-70TX model is an upscale iteration rarely seen outside its country of origin, boasting factory-installed USA-made black bobbin Texas Special pickups.
A custom color example finished in Candy Apple Red, this model was designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, with a traditional tonewood compliment including an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The factory-installed Fender USA Texas Special pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins and cloth-covered leads, with great midrange chirp, tight bass, and a slightly aggressive overwound snap. Via the five-way pickup selector switch the guitar delivers plenty of sparkle and spank in the bridge position, while the "in-between" positions have a snappy, thinned-out quack. The neck pickup is bold and round with a throaty zing that's harmonically rich and great for lead work. Acoustically resonant and well balanced on a strap, this Strat weighs 7lbs 11oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, this guitar plays great with low action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and stock slender fretwire that retains its full factory height. These frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the stock nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a Pre-CBS small Strat shape with original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The early script "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial number are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
On the body, the electronics all work as they should, with three staggered pole alnico V magnet Fender USA-made Texas Special black bobbin single coils with cloth-covered leads wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints. The vintage-style vibrato is faithful to Fender's early 1960's design, sporting Fender-branded saddles anchored to the body with six crosshead, dome-top screws. The full-size tremolo block adds to the richness of this Strat's tone, and the unit actuates easily for quick surfy warbles and deeper dives. The chrome hardware is quite clean save for light patina on the saddles and jack plate, and the plastic parts are equally as well-kept, with a bit of light pick scuffing on the treble side of the three-ply pickguard. Wear on the gloss Candy Apple Red finish is limited to some small dings on the body, mostly on the back and on the bass-side lower bout body edge.