(SOLD) Fender Japan '62 Stratocaster ST62-55 Ice Blue Metallic 1986
Fender '62 Strat, refinished in ice blue metallic, made in Japan 1986. Nice colour, right? This one started life wearing black, but the previous owner organised a pro refinish in ice blue metallic with a clear nitro topcoat. It's a tidy job, with a slightly cloudy clear top adding a bit of mystery to the look. The neck is a highlight: the maple has a tight, consistent grain with some beautiful detail on show, and the rosewood is dark, rich and streaky... dang, that's nice. It's carved to a fairly slim vintage C and feels like how ice cream tastes. The pickups were swapped out for a set of Van Zandt vintage style singles, which are remarkably clear and open. It's a very chimey and defined take on the classic Strat spank, perfect for funk or surf style stuff. If you're drowning the signal in dirt and effects, the added clarity will make sure the notes are still coming through too. These 1980s era Japan Strats are getting harder and harder to source, so nab yourself a cool little cucumber while it's looking for love.
Model: Fender '62 Reissue Stratocaster (ST62-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, neck date 3 June 1986 (serial E677561)
Finish: ice blue metallic, nitro topcoat, refinished; originally gloss black poly
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale, vintage C profile
Mods: pickups replaced, new bone nut installed, refinished
Pickups: Van Zandt True Vintage Strat single coil x3
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some dimples on both horns, near the cavity and in the elbow area. The sides have a couple of dimples on the top horn, elbow area and near the jack. The front has a couple of dimples near the jack, behind the bridge and in the elbow area, as well as some light play wear on the guard and horns. Note the body has been re-finished. 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, they're in pretty good shape; 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Mooonshiners strings.