Up for sale, a 1999 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a G&G hardshell case and hangtags. 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 factory included five-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 7lbs 8oz 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 moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .885" 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 perfectly rounded crowns and their full factory height, showing only a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. 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 faded pencil date, and all original factory stamps are present in the pocket and on the heel, with one stamp dating to September of '98.
The electronics include a trio of Fender's American Original 57/62 black bobbin pickups with beveled alnico pole pieces and cloth-covered leads, wired to original CTS pots which date to the 13th week of '99. The mint green pickguard shows some pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, while the aged plastic parts are near mint. 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 is very well-kept, with wear limited to a couple tiny nicks on top behind the bridge, a small amount of finish chipping along the edges of the neck plate and pocket, and a few dings and finish scratches on the lower bout body edge. The nitro lacquer gloss on the neck profile is smooth and lightly ambered.
A tweed G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with a few original hangtags and the factory three-way pickup selector switch.