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1997 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-70TX Ice Blue Metallic w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62-70TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early "Crafted in Japan" instrument boasting a custom color Ice Blue Metallic finish, 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.

This model was designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, with a traditional tonewood complement 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, offering 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 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately chunky C-shaped profile with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .965" 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. The frets show moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with lighter wear extending to fret 9, and the guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"). The headstock features a Pre-CBS small Strat shape with Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and O-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

On the body, the electronics 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, featuring a full-size block and actuating easily for quick warbles and deeper dives. The chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, and the plastics include cream pickup covers and knobs and a three-ply mint green pickguard. The one-ply tremolo cover plate is also included (not pictured).

The Ice Blue Metallic gloss finish shows faint greening of the clear coat, with an extra strap button hole on the treble-side body horn, and some finish scuffs and dings localized on the lower bout body edge and bass-side of the back adjacent to the belly carve. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A well-padded Ritter-branded gigbag is included.