2006 Fender Stratocaster 62 ReIssue – CIJ

Here’s a beautiful 2006 crafted in Japan Fender Stratocaster 62 Reissue I picked up some time ago. I was so surprised by the quality of this guitar when I first saw it, this axe plays and sounds so good, and the quality would easily be comparable to a U.S.A model.

There’s a heap of pics in this post, but first lets hear how she sounds, this first video is Darren playing through a Marshall JCM-800…

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Now let’s hear how she sounds through a Peavey Delta Blues.

This next video was taken when I caught up with Bert about two months back, he’s playing through one of my Fender Twin’s, this is the one which has been modified with the Blackface mod. There’s a couple of love pedals in the mix, sorry I can’t remember which ones he used in the video.

These next few video’s is the guitar played through the same amp that Darren was playing through in the first video at the top of the post, the Peavey Delta Blues, but this time Bert is playing.

These videos were shot using the Fostex AR4i stereo recording interface for iPhone.

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Ok, so let’s take a good close look at her….

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 R-serial

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 R-serial

She sure is a beautiful 62 Re-issue with the 3 Tone Sunburst finish, a 3ply vintage mint green pickguard and very dark rosewood fretboard.

Fender Japan Stratocaster- St62 3ts

Fender Japan Stratocaster- St62 3ts


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The body is Alder and looks to be 3 piece, finished in a light coat of poly. I must admit, the poly finishes on these Japan Fenders is much nicer than the ultra thick poly coating usually found on the Mexican Fenders.

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up

Because I bought this guitar as a used instrument it does have a couple of very small marks on it here and there from play and such, but overall this guitar has been well taken care of.

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up  front body

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up front body


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With only minor scratches and a couple of small dents in the body, she’s in very good condition. The light poly coating also lets the small natural indents of the wood grain show through in the finish.

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up  front body pick guard

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up front body pick guard

The vintage 6 point tremolo bridge and the rest of the metal parts, hardware and pickups are all in good working condition.

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up bridge

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up bridge


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The Fender stamped bent steel saddles have a really nice “Aged” look to them.

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up bridge bottom-e

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up bridge bottom-e

Fender Japan Stratocaster - St62 3ts Body Close up bridge bottom-e close-up

Fender Japan Stratocaster – St62 3ts Body Close up bridge bottom-e close-up


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The neck pickup has been replaced with a Fender Noiseless, I tried getting a shot of the “Noisless” pickup cover but it just didn’t come out how I was hoping, you can just barely make out the text on the cover..

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts Noisless Neck Pickup

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts Noisless Neck Pickup

The neck is straight and has the typical vintage 7.25 radius and the vintage sized fret-wire. With hardly any ware, the frets and fretboard are perfectly fine.

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts Noisless Neck Pickup and Neck

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts Noisless Neck Pickup and Neck


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As you can see from this next pic, there is a slight variant in the pickup covers color, the middle and bridge pickups are the original Texas Specials.

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts mint green pick guard

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts mint green pick guard

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts vertical-shot

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts vertical-shot


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Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts body

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts body

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts headstock and neck

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts headstock and neck


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The condition of the neck is almost impeccable, the only blemish I could find is a slight chip on the bottom edge in direct line with the B string tuner.

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts headstock front 1

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts headstock front 1

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back


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Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back 2

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back 2

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back body

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back body


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Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back

Vintage Kluson style tuners, why would you want anything else?

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back headstock tuners

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts back headstock tuners


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In case you can’t read the text in the next pic, the serial # is R061421

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neckplate and serial

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neckplate and serial

The neck pocket is perfect, no cracks, chips or any blemishes at all. I would not be surprised if the neck has never been removed. I for one won’t be taking it off.

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neck pocket bottom-e

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neck pocket bottom-e

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neck pocket top-e

Fender Japan Stratocaster St62 3ts neck pocket top-e

So there you have it folks, What a Great 2006 Fender Stratocaster 62 ReIssue from Fender Japan.

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One thought on “2006 Fender Stratocaster 62 ReIssue – CIJ

  1. Hi, loved looking at the pics of your baby & reading about her … she is one gorgeous guitar! I’m about to purchase a ’62 RI CIJ Telecaster & am very excited. Now I know that my other guitar has to be a ’62 RI CIJ Stratocaster!

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