Up for sale, a circa 2004 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A "partscaster" in the strictest sense, this guitar features a bevy of parts from Fender Japan exclusive models, with a '62 vintage reissue neck with a slab rosewood fretboard, a ST362-branded Standard Series basswood Stratocaster body, and electronics largely taken from Fender Japan's top-tier VSP series models.
The electronics include a trio of USA-made Dimarzio pickups with full-size USA-made CTS pots and a Switchcraft five-way switch. While the middle and neck position black bobbin alnico magnet single coils have a very vintage-centric tonal response with smooth, bell-like single coil snap, the bridge position DP182 blade pickup is Dimarzio's hottest single coil-sized humbucker, delivering ample midrange power and designed to provide a tightly focused jolt of power to crank your amplifier into rich overdrive. Weighing 7lbs 12oz, we've had this Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a medium C profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick slab with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender frets are flawless with their full factory height and perfectly rounded crowns. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the ST62 (1962 vintage reissue) stamp is present on the neck heel.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of USA-made Dimarzios wired to full-size CTS pots and a Switchcraft five-way pickup selector switch. The chrome hardware is bright and clean, and the knobs and pickup covers show light, uniform aging of the plastics, mounted to a pale mint green three-ply pickguard. The gloss Black finish is exceedingly clean, showing just a few nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
A couple era-correct hangtags are included, along with a Fender-branded gigbag.