Fender Japan '62 Stratocaster ST62-770LS Candy Apple Green 1990
Fender Japan '62 Strat, candy apple green, made in Japan 1989. Oh heavens, this is an absolute cracker. Back in the 80s/90s, Eric Clapton was quite a big deal in Japan, so the Eric-ish Fender Japan model was a black/white '54 Reissue Strat with a V-neck, Lace Sensor Gold pickups and a mid-boost. A stack of those were sold for many years, they're fairly common and very good... but this is the much less common '62 style model, which sports the same electronics and controls and very similar specs, but you get the slim, rounded neck profile, a lovely dark rosewood board... then, add a super rare non-catalog candy apple green finish. Oh boy, what a machine. The finish (it might be a faded sherwood green, hard to be sure!) looks absolutely superb; it's gorgeous. Paired with dark choc rosewood board, golden maple headstock and creamy aged plastics, this is surely one of the best looking Strats I've seen in a long time. Lace Sensor pickups were and early take on the 'low noise single coil' genre. The tone is great: extremely clear, eloquent and crisp, with a fat, tight bass and a complex, singing midrange. The mid-boost seems to have been modded to be a little more subtle, so it still dials in a thick, juicy streak to the mids, but it's a very usable and not so 'over the top'. This is my favourite Strat we've had through for ages, so claim it before I change my mind and it comes home with me!
Model: Fender Stratocaster '62 Reissue (ST62-770LS)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, stamped 17 Oct 1990 (serial K027344)
Finish: candy apple green, 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Mods: mid boost modded to be more subtle
Pickups: Lace Sensor Gold single coil x3, active mid-boost circuit
Case: original basic Fender gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has no major marks, just some dimples on the bottom horn and corner and some light scuffs around the belly carve. The sides are pretty clean, just some scuffs in the elbow area, dimples near the jack and a small mark on the bottom horn. The front is pretty tidy, just some minor dimples behind the bridge and play wear on the guard and top horn. 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 pretty good, there's some normal wear but they're pretty even with plenty of height left; 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.