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2002 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 Vintage Reissue ST62-65L Left-Handed Black, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue left-handed model ST62-65L in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare, left-handed “Crafted in Japan” Strat was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, uncommon outside its country of origin.

Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, this Fender Japan model has a clear, spanky acoustic tone with great clarity and cut, featuring a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The pickups are a ceramic magnet variety, delivering an authoritative, cutting sound with more punch than traditional alnico magnets. This guitar weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on 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 .925” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius and flawless stock slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the stock Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by the traditional Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control array and a five-way pickup selector switch. The bridge and output jack cup have clean chrome plating, with light surface patina on the “Fender”-embossed bridge saddles. Plastics comprise the clean three-ply white pickguard and trio of knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some dings concentrated on the bass-side lower bout body edge, a couple finish chips on the body horns, a notable ding just north of the tremolo cavity on the back, and a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A padded gigbag is included.