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2011 Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue ST62 Candy Apple Red, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare custom color example, this guitar has a finish which Fender Japan abbreviates as "OCR," or Old Candy Apple Red. A decidedly darker and richer shade of this Fender custom color, this model was designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat. This guitar was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin.

If you're looking to deliver plenty of Strat sparkle and cut, it's hard to beat this particular ceramic magnet pickup complement. The guitar has a lively, balanced acoustic tone, and the pickups have more punch and power than the more common alnico magnet pickups, sounding distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. Weighing 7lbs 13oz, we've had this Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 9-42 strings, dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve bordering on the slender side of things, with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius with original slender frets that retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock features a traditional small Pre-CBS Strat shape with Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines that have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and U-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the ceramic pickups have more punch than the usual alnico variety with staggered unbeveled pole pieces. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The chrome hardware is gleaming, and the plastic parts are in great shape too including the cream knobs and pickup covers and pale mint green pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Old Candy Apple Red finish is limited to some faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, with a few additional scuffs and small dings on the back lower bout. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless and deeply ambered.

A gigbag is included.