Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent, 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 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and stock slender fretwire that has been lightly leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing no wear. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 42mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a Pre-CBS Strat shape with original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and P-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
On the body, the electronics all work as they should, with three original staggered pole un-beveled alnico V magnet Fender American Vintage 57/62 single coils with cloth-covered leads. The vintage-style vibrato is faithful to Fender's early 1960's design, sporting Fender-branded saddles anchored to the body with six crosshead, dome-top screws that show uniform surface patina. The full-size tremolo block adds to the fullness of this Strat's tone, and actuates easily for quick surfy warbles and deeper dives. Plastics include uniformly aged knobs, bright white pickup covers, and a three-ply guard with some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Candy Apple Red gloss finish is limited to a few scattered dings on the lower bout body edge and behind the bridge on top, with a bit of finish checking at the bass-side corner of the neck pocket, and sparingly little additional wear on the instrument as a whole.
A gigbag is included.