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1998 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-58US Candy Apple Red w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in 100% original condition and perfect working order. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, the ST62-58US model is an upscale iteration rarely seen outside its country of origin, featuring USA-made American Vintage 57/62 single coils with black bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered wire.

Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, this Stratocaster has plenty of sparkle and spank on tap. The bridge pickup provides biting twang and cut, while the "in-between" positions on the five-way pickup selector switch 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 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and the original vintage-spec fretwire. These slender frets retain their full factory height, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every position with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the nut measures 1.670" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock sports a Pre-CBS small Strat shape, with correct logo and Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Above the four-bolt neck plate, the "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial number are intact.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of USA-made Fender single coil pickups are wired to the original harness with untouched solder joints. The tremolo has a full-size block for optimal sustain, and the chrome hardware shows light patina. The plastic parts include uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs, with notable pick wear across the treble side of the guard. Cosmetically, the gloss Candy Apple Red finish exhibits a few finish chips on the lower bout body edge, with light marks mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body. The smooth, lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.

A padded gigbag is included.