Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST62 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare left-handed variant, this early “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the famed Fujigen factor with both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known.
Designed to pay homage to the golden era Pre-CBS Strat, this model has a clear, spanky acoustic tone with great clarity and cut, featuring a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The trio of original staggered alnico magnet single coils deliver a sound that is biting and clear, with ample sparkle and bridge position snap. The 2 and 4 positions on the five-way switch have plenty of thinned-out quack, and the neck pickup has a round, yet crisp sound. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a full C shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and good substance in every register. The fretboard edges are lightly rolled, and the profile measures .865” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a vintage-correct 7 1/4" radius and pristine stock slender fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length measures 25 1/2”, and the nut is a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports a Pre-CBS small Strat shape, with Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and T-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the trio of alnico single coil pickups are wired to the original harness and five-way switch. There is light patina on the chrome hardware, and the knobs and pickup covers show uniform yellowing. The three-tone Sunburst gloss exhibits heavy vertical finish checking, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to light scuffing in the pick path, a finish chip on the back treble side lower bout edge, and scattered minor marks and finish scratches on the body parameter. The neck sports a smooth gloss finish with only a few light marks that are not distracting to the palm.