Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue ST62-70TX in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtags. An early “Crafted in Japan” instrument boasting a custom color US Lake Placid Blue finish, the ST62-70TX model is an upscale iteration, uncommon outside of its country of origin, with factory-installed USA-made black bobbin Texas Special pickups.
This model was designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strats, with a traditional tonewood complement including an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The factory-installed Fender USA Texas Special pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins and cloth-covered leads, offering great midrange chirp, tight bass, and a slightly aggressive overwound snap. Via the five-way pickup selector switch, the guitar delivers plenty of sparkle and spank in the bridge position, while the "in-between" positions 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. This Strat weighs 7lbs 11oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and the slender fretwire exhibits just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The headstock features a Pre-CBS small Strat shape with Kluson-style Gotoh-made tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and O-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
On the body, the electronics work as they should; the three staggered pole alnico V magnet Fender USA-made Texas Special black bobbin single coils are wired to the stock harness. The vintage-style vibrato is faithful to Fender's early 1960's design, featuring a full-size block, actuating easily for quick warbles and deeper dives. The chrome plating on the hardware has just a faint dusting of surface patina. Plastics include a mint green pickguard and uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs.
The finish is labeled in the catalog as US Lake Placid Blue, more vintage-correct in its tint and saturation than earlier Fender Japan iterations of this custom color. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a scant few faint scratches and marks on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the original hangtags, factory paperwork, and Japanese bill of sale.