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 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and stock slender fretwire that retains its full factory height. The frets are practically perfect, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1.675" 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.
The gloss Candy Apple Red gloss finish is complemented by aged plastic parts and a white three-ply pickguard, and the top presents extremely well. Cosmetic wear includes two sizable finish chips on the back bass-side body edge, and just a few additional more minor dings and scuffs on the back and body perimeter. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.