Fender Japan '62 Reissue Stratocaster ST62-70TX Rebel Yellow 1998
Fender '62 Strat, rebel yellow, crafted in Japan 1997-00. What do you get if you cross Big Bird, a bunch of bananas, the core of the sun, and a Stratocaster? This, obviously. Rebel yellow is one of those weird finishes that pop up very occasionally and always stir up strong opinions: plenty of love, a bit of shade... all fun. Aside from it's delightful sunny demeanour, this brings the goods in all sorts of ways. The neck is perfect: slim, round and quick with a vintage radius and hint of flame maple running up and down it. The alder body and Texas Special pickups combine for a tasty tone that loves a bit of drive. There's a nudge of extra bass and sprinkling of extra bite on the top end; just enough to help cut through a mix and bring out the nasty side of an amp. If you like your Strats sunny side up and extremely fun to play, here's the big breakfast you can eat everyday forever.
Model: Fender Stratocaster, '62 Reissue (ST62-70TX)
Made: Japan, 1997-00 (serial O074635)
Finish: rebel yellow (RYL), 3-ply mint guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickup: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Case: highly awesome brown faux-leather gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end, as well as what looks like some accentuated rub wear near the low-E peg. Neck is pretty clean. The back has no major marks, just some very light scratches and the very beginning of a couple of checking lines. The sides have a few marks: some minor marks in the lacquer around the neck pocket, some scuffs on the top horn, a minor chip on the top side of the waist, light dimples on the shoulder, some light dimples and a minor chip around from the knobs. The front is pretty clean, just some small dimples near the jack, behind the bridge and on the shoulder, as well as some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear, heaps of life left in them and freshly polished, 7/10. Wearing fresh 10/46s.