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1999 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 Vintage Reissue ST62G-80TX Sunburst w/ USA Pickups & Gold Hardware, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62G-80TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Loosely riffing on SRV's #1 Stratocaster, this “Crafted in Japan” model was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, uncommon outside its country of origin. An upper-tiered Fender Japan instrument, this Strat features gold hardware and a set of Fender's USA-made black bobbin Texas Special pickups.

Featuring a traditional tonewood complement of an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, this Strat has a smooth, balanced acoustic response. At the heart of this model is the trio of factory installed USA-made Fender Texas Special black bobbin single coils, delivering classic sparkle and cut, slightly overwould for a bit more bite and midrange heft. The bridge pickup has an aggressive sparkling quality, the neck pickup is smooth and broad, and positions 2 and 4 on the five-way switch offer quintessential Strat quack. This guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, benefitting from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in all registers and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. On the headstock, the gold Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” script text and O-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

On the body, all the electronics function as intended, with the trio Fender's Texas Special pickups, untouched solder joints, and a traditional Strat control array including a five-way pickup selector and Volume/Tone/Tone controls. The pickups feature all the hallmarks of Fender's golden age, with staggered alnico magnets, black fiber bobbins, and cloth-covered leads. The gold-plated jack cup and bridge base have plenty of shine, with uniform patina on the “Fender”-embossed saddles. Plastics comprise the bright white pickup covers, lightly aged knobs, and the three-ply black pickguard which displays some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to a handful of minor nicks on the instrument as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, light buckle worming on the tremolo cavity cover, and a singular small finish chip adjacent to the rear strap button. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

A padded gigbag is included.