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2004 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-87TX Blonde Ash Body w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62-87TX in exceptional, 100% original condition and perfect working order. Crafted in Japan and sold only to the Japanese domestic market, the ST62-87TX model is an upscale and long ago discontinued iteration of the Stratocaster platform rarely seen outside its country of origin, boasting factory-installed USA-made black bobbin Texas Special pickups.

This model was designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, with a traditional tonewood complement including an ash body finished in transparent Blonde, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, yielding an authoritative and articulate natural acoustic tone. 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 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a bit more overall heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and stock slender fretwire that retains its full factory height. These frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the stock nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"). The headstock features a Pre-CBS small Strat shape with original Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

On the body, the electronics all work as they should, with three staggered pole alnico V magnet Fender USA-made Texas Special black bobbin single coils with cloth-covered leads wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints. The vintage-style vibrato is faithful to Fender's early 1960's design, actuating easily with a full-size block which contributes to the richness of this Strat's tone. The chrome plating on the hardware shows light, uniform surface patina, and plastics include a pale three-ply mint green pickguard and cream pickup covers and knobs.

The transparent Blonde gloss finish has a notable edge burst treatment consistent with examples from the early '60s, and the guitar is exceedingly well-kept. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, as well as some light pick marks and scuffs on the pickguard and rear tremolo cavity cover. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.