Up for sale, a 2008 Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a tweed Fender G&G Deluxe hardshell case. This discontinued model features one of Fender's rarest custom colors, Ocean Turquoise Metallic.
This Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, delivering 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 lead work), or the thinned-out quack on the "in between" positions on the three-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 7lbs 6oz with an alder body. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've restrung this Strat with 9-42 strings and dialed in the action and intonation for optimal playability.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4" vintage-spec Fender radius, and the nut measures 1.650" in width. The original slender vintage-style frets have well-rounded crowns and their full factory height, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays easily in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. On the headstock, the Fender Stratocaster waterslide decal is intact, and the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel has an ink stamp from May 15th, 2008, and all original factory stamps are present in the pocket and on the heel, with additional date stamps from February and May of '08.
The electronics include a trio of Fender's 57/62 black bobbin pickups with beveled alnico pole pieces and cloth-covered leads, wired to original CTS pots which date to the 33rd week of '07. Plastics include a replacement WD three-ply parchment pickguard, while the ivory pickup covers and knobs are notably clean. The chrome hardware shines like new, including the neck plate with V-prefix serial number. The vibrato works very smoothly with three springs and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.
The gloss nitro lacquer Ocean Turquoise Metallic finish is extremely well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to a few small dings on the body as a whole, light scuffing in the clear coat on the back lower bout body edge, and one missing corner and some light finish scratches on the rear plastic tremolo cover. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A Fender-branded G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar.