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2000 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Partscaster Sherwood Green w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2000 Fender American Vintage ‘62 Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a Fender hardshell case. A "partscaster" in the strictest sense, this Strat features a 2000 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster body and neck (each component acquired separately), along with original hardware and plastics, and a complete American Vintage electronics assembly circa '90.

The rare Sherwood Green gloss nitro lacquer finish is a rare option, only offered on the American Vintage models in small quantities from 1998-2000. Tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a smooth, broad natural acoustic tone with quite a bit of sonic authority and treble cut. The trio of 57/62 black bobbin pickups deliver an array of classic Fender tones; from the sparkling snap of the bridge position to the throaty warmth at the neck, there’s plenty of tonal versatility on tap via the three-way pickup selector. This Strat weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .915” deep at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape with well-rounded crowns, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. 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” in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock has a “Genuine Fender Replacement” stamp, and the neck heel retains its 1-22-00 pencil date, with additional date stamps and factory markings both on the neck heel and in the pocket.

The electronics function flawlessly, and the American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups have staggered, un-beveled alnico magnet pole pieces and push-back cloth-covered leads, governed by a trio of 250k CTS pots which date to the 46th week of 1990. Plastics include a parchment pickguard, ivory pickup covers and a lightly aged trio of knobs. The American Vintage hardware includes the jack cup, V-prefix serialized four-bolt neck plate and tremolo, all of which have clean chrome plating.

The gloss nitro lacquer Sherwood Green finish exhibits a handful of finish chips, largely relegated to the lower bout body edge and perimeter of the neck plate, as well as some light finish scratches, also mostly constrained to the back and body perimeter. The neck profile retains the smooth, deeply ambered gloss.

A Fender molded hardshell case is included.