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2006 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62-58US Olympic White w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent condition and perfect working order. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, the ST62-58US model is an upscale iteration rarely seen outside its country of origin, featuring USA-made American Vintage 57/62 single coils with black bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered wire.

Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, this Stratocaster has plenty of sparkle and spank on tap. The bridge pickup provides biting twang and cut, while the "in-between" positions on the five-way pickup selector switch 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. Acoustically resonant and well-balanced on a strap, this Strat weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has an unusually chunky and full-feeling C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The thick, dark slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and the original vintage-spec fretwire. These slender frets retain their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7, with wear growing fainter until the octave. The guitar plays cleanly in every position with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports a Pre-CBS small Strat shape, with correct logo and Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Above the four-bolt neck plate, the "Crafted in Japan" text and S-prefix serial number are intact.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of USA-made Fender single coil pickups are wired to the original harness with full-size pots. A different pickup was at one time substituted, as evidenced by a rather crude humbucker-sized route in the bridge position (fully covered by the pickguard and original pickups have been reinstalled). The tremolo has a full-size block for optimal sustain, and the chrome hardware has bright plating with just a touch of patina on the saddles. The plastic parts are near mint save for light pick scuffing on the treble side of the three-ply pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Olympic White finish is limited to some scuffing on the rear tremolo cavity cover, one ding of note central to the lower bout on the back, and a few additional fainter marks as well. The lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A padded gigbag is included.