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1999 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Olympic White w/ Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster reissue electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags.

Finished in Olympic White gloss nitro lacquer, this alder-bodied Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, delivering an array of classic Fender tones via the trio of original 57/62 black bobbin pickups. Whether it's the sparkling cut of the bridge position, the extra warmth and girth that comes from the neck single coil (ideal for solos), or the thinned-out quack in the "in-between" settings on the switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 7lbs 12oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've restrung this Strat with 10-46 strings and dialed in the action and intonation for optimal playability.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a bit more heft and shoulder in the higher registers, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat and crown, showing only very light wear beneath the G strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Fender Stratocaster waterslide decal is intact, and the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The V-prefix serial number is also present on the chrome four-bolt neck plate.

The stock electronics function flawlessly with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 27h week of 1999. The masking tape on the pickguard shield is also hand-dated 11-23-99. The plastic parts are near mint including the pale gray-ish mint green pickguard, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming on the bridge base and jack cup. The vibrato works very smoothly with three springs and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.

The gloss nitro lacquer Olympic White finish has naturally yellowed, with pick scuffing across the guard and a few minor marks on the lower bout edge behind the bridge. There is light buckle rash just beyond the edge of the belly contour, some light guitar stand wear on the lower bout edge, and a few additional dings and finish scratches on the back and body perimeter. The natural nitro gloss on the neck profile is smooth and ambered, with one spot of guitar stand wear behind fret 8, smooth to the touch and undetectable to the palm.

The original brown tolex Fender-branded G&G hardshell case is included, along with two hangtags.