Up for sale, a 1999 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a G&G hardshell case and strap. This discontinued model features one of Fender's rarest custom colors, Sherwood Green, only available on the American Vintage line from 1998-2000 and produced in sparingly small quantities.
This Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, delivering an array of classic Fender tones. Whether it's the biting twang of the bridge position, the extra warmth and girth that comes from the neck single coil (ideal for lead work), or the thinned-out quack on the "in between" positions on the three-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 8lbs with an alder body. 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 nicely rounded shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" vintage-spec Fender radius, and the nut measures 1.650" in width. The original slender vintage-style frets have well-rounded crowns and their full factory height, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays easily in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. 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 neck heel has a pencil date from 9/22/98, and all original factory stamps are present in the pocket and on the heel, with date stamps from October, 1998 and January, 1999.
The electronics include a trio of Fender's 57/62 black bobbin pickups with beveled alnico pole pieces and cloth-covered leads, wired to original CTS pots which date to the 34th week of '99. The mint green pickguard shows some pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, while the ivory pickup covers and knobs are notably clean. The chrome hardware shines like new, including the neck plate with V-prefix serial number. The vibrato works very smoothly with three springs and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.
The gloss nitro lacquer Sherwood Green finish shows a few small dings on the lower bout on top, largely clustered around the input jack, with a couple finish chips on the lower bout treble-side edge. There is light buckle rash across the belly carve on the back and a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The deeply ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown tolex G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the original strap and bridge cover.