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1980s Fender Stratocaster '62 Vintage Reissue Partscaster Black Reverse Headstock Left Handed, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model "partscaster" in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A left-handed Stratocaster, this guitar is comprised of an early Fender Japan fully loaded body from 1987 paired with a '62 reissue slab board Stratocaster neck, also from Fender Japan with a neck heel pencil date from 1985 (and corresponding original A-prefix four-bolt neck plate). Strung left-handed (the neck was originally right-handed by design), this Stratocaster has a unique appearance with a reverse headstock.

Made at the Fujigen factory in Japan, this Stratocaster has a lively, clear acoustic tone which translates well through the body's original trio of black bobbin alnico magnet single coils. These pickups offer plenty of snap and sparkle in the bridge position, with the thinned-out quack of the 2 and 4 positions on the switch, and a sweet, round neck pickup that's very articulate. Weighing 7lbs 6oz, we've had this Stratocaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with 10-46 strings and dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with rolled fretboard edges and a bit more roundness as shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick slab with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, retaining the original slender frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is pencil dated 8-30-85, with an ST-62-55 stamp on the back, while the neck pocket has a ST-57L stamp. As such the body was originally designed for a '57 left-handed reissue.

All of the electronics and hardware are original to the body, with untouched solder joints on the black bobbin pickups and full-size pots which date to February of 1987. The vibrato is currently setup with three-springs, offering a smooth response for warbles and expressive dives. The chrome hardware is quite clean, and the plastic parts exhibit some uniform yellowing of the pickup covers and knobs, with prominent pick scuffing across the strum path. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some small dings on the lower bout on top, a small spot of light buckle rash just beyond the belly carve on the back, and some light scuffs and minor dings on the lower bout body edge. The neck profile has a smooth ambered gloss finish that feels great on the palm.

An era correct faux leather form-fit Fender Japan gigbag is included, along with a couple pieces of factory paperwork.