Fender Japan '62 Stratocaster ST62-70 Blueburst 1989
Fender '62 Strat, special order blue burst finish with gold hardware, made in Japan 1989. This little legend has a big 'ORDER' stamp in the neck pocket, denoting this as part of a limited run in this seriously cool aesthetic. The finish is a semi-transparent dark blue, fading to black around the outside, with a classic crisp white guard and some defiantly shiny gold hardware. It's looks super classy; the almost-black-but-not is a dream with the dark rosewood board and the gold. The late 80s MIJ magic is there too: the neck feels incredible. The '62 profile is a slim, round C; effortless in the hands and smooth from three decades of play. It seems this has had a very tidy re-fret at some point as the frets are a little taller and wider than is typical in this era and model; they're in great shape and have years of life in them. The tone: oh yes, I like. Giant glassy treble with effortless sparkle and spank, balanced by a thick and punchy bottom end with a convincing immediacy in the attack. Under the hood you'll find vintage cloth wire and large deluxe pots, whether these are factory or a mod is unclear but it certainly adds to the clarity of the tone. There's a lot to love here! It's your little slice of moody midnight with golden moon in glorious Strat form.
Model: Fender '62 Reissue Stratocaster (ST62-70)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, stamped 14 Jun 1989 (serial F013797)
Finish: trans blue to black burst, 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: back plate removed, frets replaced
Pickups: Fender USA ST-Vintage single coil x3
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end. The neck is clean, no major marks. The back has a number of dimples and small scuffs, no major marks. The sides have a few dimples on the top horn, elbow area and near the jack. The front is pretty tidy, just some dimples behind the bridge, in the elbow area and on the top horn as well as some play wear on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look great, not much wear to speak of, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings