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2001 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Ice Blue w/ Matching Headstock, 1 of 75 Mars Music w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2001 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster reissue in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, featuring an Ice Blue Metallic nitro lacquer finish and matching peghead. Commissioned by the Mars Music chain shortly before their closure, this Stratocaster is quite rare and 1 of 75 in this one-time production run.

The tonewood complement includes an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a lively and balanced platform for the trio of black bobbin alnico magnet Fender 57/62 single coils. This Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, with an array of classic Fender tones. Whether it's the biting twang of the bridge position, the extra warmth and girth that comes from the neck single coil (ideal for solos), or the thinned-out quack in the "in-between" settings on the three-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally 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 nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender frets show just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The guitar plays effortlessly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width. On the matching Ice Blue headstock, the Fender Stratocaster waterslide decal is intact, and there is some cosmetic finish checking in-line with the tuner posts. The Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel is pencil dated 12-7-00, and the heel and pocket retain all the factory markings, with further date stamps from March of 2001.

The stock electronics function flawlessly with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date back to the 19th week of 2000. The original plastic parts are intact, and the chrome hardware is bright and clean with just a touch of surface patina on the bridge saddles. The vibrato works very smoothly with three springs and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives. The Ice Blue Metallic gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits some finish scratches across the back and behind the bridge on top, overall very faint but most notable between the neck plate and trem cavity on the back. There is wear through the nitro gloss on the edge of the belly contour and where the forearm crosses the top, and a few additional dings and scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile finish has been brought down from a high gloss to a smoother semi-gloss and feels great on the palm.

A black tolex Fender G&G hardshell case is included.