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A sunburst Stratocaster - what an icon! Nearly 70 years old - and still such a staple in any studio or on any stage around the world! No one can afford the original 1950s or 1960s ones anymore, so vintage reissues are in higher demand than ever.


Fender Japan are known for building stunning guitars and this 62 Vintage Reissue Stratocaster with an April 1997 neck date is no exception. Classic 3-tone sunburst looks marvellous over the stripy wood grain and the classic deep 1960s style body contours hug you when you play. Mint green vintage-accurate pickguard provides nice contrast to the sunburst and the pickup covers and knobs have yellowed into a cool cream colour. The body has a few very tiny scuffs on the edges, but overall this is in stunning condition, especially considering the age.


Unlike many 60s reissues with slimmer necks, this one has a medium size and is definitely on the chunkier side. The back is finished in honey amber gloss and the dark rosewood fretboard looks very exquisite indeed. Original Kluson vintage-style slotted tuners operate smoothly and the original frets have their full height, with just a bit of G string wear. The previous owner decided to replace the nut and managed to chip some rosewood behind the nut. His experimental nut has been removed and a new frictionless TUSQ nut installed. There was also an unnecessary second string tree on the headstock, now removed and the hole plugged.


Original single-coil pickups with AlNiCo V magnets provide a beautiful sonic palette, from dark and warm neck to bright and punchy bridge, from ultra-balanced middle to the funky "in-betweens". Original wiring consists of A250k pots and a 5-way switch, with a decent tone capacitor for smooth treble roll-off. Very "Stratty" indeed!


Last, but certainly not least - the tremolo bridge allows solid sustain thanks to a full-size steel tremolo block. All height adjustment and intonation screws work smoothly. 


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, neck deep clean, rosewood lemon oil treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment! Restringed with D'addario 10-46 nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK with Parcelforce 24h courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well.

Fender Stratocaster - 62 Vintage Reissue - Japan - 3-tone Sunburst (1997)

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Stratocaster 62 Vintage Reissue


    YEAR: 1997


    COLOUR: 3-tone Sunburst, gloss finish


    PICKGUARD: 3-ply mint green


    NECK: C-shape maple neck, honey amber gloss finish, neck heel stamp APR97


    FRETBOARD: rosewood, 7.25-inch radius


    NUT: upgraded TUSQ frictionless nut


    NUT WIDTH: 42.5mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 22.3 mm, 12th fret - 26.2 mm


    FRETS: 21 vintage frets with moderate wear


    TUNERS: original Kluson Japan slotted tuners, aged nickel finish


    BODY: basswood, original SSS body routing


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.4 kg


    TREMOLO: 6-point vintage style tremolo, original bent steel saddles, original steel tremolo block


    WEAR: wear on the headstock behind the nut from previous nut installation, extra string tree hole on the headstock, minimal body surface wear with just a few small dings on the sides, minimal back of neck wear


    PICKUPS: original Fender Japan alnico V single-coils


    WIRING: original Fender Japan wiring with A250K pots, 5-way switch, Green Horner ceramic tone capacitor


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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