Fender Japan '65 Reissue Stratocaster ST65-85TX Matching Headstock Old Candy Apple Red 2002-4
Fender Japan '65 Strat, old candy apple with matching headstock, CIJ 2002-04. This is quite the oddity; it's certainly the first of this model we've ever come across or seen for sale. The 1965 model Strat is very similar to the much loved and frequently reissued 1962 model: it shares the same neck profile and fretboard style, the same tuners and bridge, and the same pickguard and headstock shape, but it's got the very cool CBS-era bold gold logo and unusually, a matching old candy apple headstock. It really can't be overstated just how exceptional this looks: it's unreasonably stunning, truly. Aside from having a distinct twist-on-the-classic look, this brings the A-game all around. The neck is slick and slim, the rounded profile is instantly familiar and extremely playable. Tone-wise, the alder body brings a balanced midrange and airy openness to the hot, chiming, scooped tone of the Texas Special pickups. This really eats up a light overdrive with great enthusiasm; it's very much a great sounding Strat. If you're enchanted by this saucy item, act fast as the chances of seeing another one around is very slim indeed.
Model: Fender '65 Reissue Stratocaster (ST65-85TX)
Made: Japan, Tokai plant, 2002-04 (serial Q055494)
Finish: old candy apple red inc matching headstock, 3-ply cream guard
Neck: maple w/ rosewood slab board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock ha a couple of very minor dimple son the end. Neck is very clean. Back has no major marks, just a couple of very small and light scratches near the cavity cover and back edge. The sides are very clean, just a small dent around from the switch and a couple of little scuffs around from the knobs. The front is very clean, just a couple of dimples behind the bridge, a minuscule dent near the input jack and some light play wear on the guard. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have very little wear, 9/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 strings.