The ’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster made in Japan

Editors Note: Unfortunately we didn’t get any pics of the actual guitar in review, so to give you all a visual, I grabbed some candy apple red, 62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster pics off the net.

For some reason, I have owned too many Strats, I just keep coming back to them as they sort of really are a guitar staple, like the Les Paul, the Telecaster and whatever you consider to be a classic!

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red

’62 Re-issue Fender Stratocaster Candy-apple Red image courtesy of

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Now in the 30+ I have personally man handled, a few have stuck out as really good instruments and strangely enough the more expensive USA made Strats were generally not amongst them, the majority were Japanese made (especially an early 1980s Squire) and an amazing Mexican made…so go figure!

Not going to bore you with the history of Fender, there is so much out there for you to waste your own time but still a company worth considering.

Okay, so today I have a Japanese 62 Re-issue Stratocaster, in ‘old Candy Apple Red’ with a rosewood neck. Okay, so let’s get some boring specs out of the way…

  • The ST-62TX has the 7.25 neck radius and Texas Special pick-ups and the general finishes.
  • The ST-62-US has the 7.25 neck radius and US vintage pickups and same 12 finishes that are standard Fender fare.
  • The ST- 62VSP has the 7.25 neck radius and ALNICO pickups but only available in Three-Tone Sunburst or Vintage White (one of my all time favorite Strat colors.
  • The ST-62M-US has the larger 12″ radius neck and US vintage pickups and 4 finishes; tree-Tone Sunburst, Black, Vintage White and Old Candy Apple Red which is what I have.
  • The ST62g is the same neck and pickups as the ST62 but looks like the SRV strat with gold hardware and right handed tremolo in 3 tone burst.
  • The ST-62TX/MH has the 7.25 neck and Texas special pick-ups and comes in Blue Jupiter and Burgundy Mist.

Okay, bored yet? But some guitarists really like to know what they are getting or what they have. Expect to fork out about $700+ for a decent ST62TX although EGay has some good deals at times where guitarists are happy to flog their wares too cheap!

Fender 1962 Reissue MIJ Stratocaster ST-62 image courtesy of

Fender 1962 Reissue MIJ Stratocaster ST-62 image courtesy of

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So tone??, well, I won’t go on too long as the humble Strat is one of the most discussed instruments on the planet. The 62 Re-issue has the typical tones for a Strat but I would add, that for me, I noticed that it was a bit darker and ‘fuller’ than say a 50s re-issue Strat or the Classic Vibe (50s) Strat that Squier put out (man, those are great guitars for little money!!).

The 62 re-issue just seems to be a bit warmer on the neck pup, and a little more rounded on that infamous bridge pup that a lot of Strat players develop an uneasy relationship with (like having your Mother-in-law stay with you for too long). I found that the bridge PUP with fuzz or plain OD was very nice. It cut through nicely, was not at all too shrill in the high notes, and was great for lead work. Great Gilmour or even Malmsteen if you drive it through a pumped Marshall.

I will say that for cleans though, this was my least favourite pickup and was a little thin for my liking but then again, it depends on your amp too. I am running through a Peavey Delta Blues which I really like, although I can’t crank it as it is a 30 watt 15 inch speaker monster and if I do, the deaf lady next door will bang on my door because the vibration will be affecting her bowels.

The neck pickup was sheer woody warm Strat tone that we all love. Beautiful, clean and clear, articulate and yet not muddy with OD, but with a little sprinkling of reverb, it was a joy to play

For you Fender amp tonal lovers, then you need a Strat like this to take you back to what you first loved about a Strat, that beautiful clean tone. I also played this through a Hiwatt T20, needless to say, quite Gilmourish..yum!

Through a solid state amp, still sounded true to itself, and if you can only afford one instrument, then a Strat will cover the bases for you with it’s versatility.

’62 Re-issue Fender Japan Stratocaster with Aged-Parts image courtesy of

’62 Re-issue Fender Japan Stratocaster with Aged-Parts image courtesy of

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Okay, perhaps I am slack today, but a big thumbs up from me about the 62 Re-issue Strat, either Fender, Japanese (do the Mexi’s make one?). Here is one final cut and paste bash taken from planet botch on the specifications you should be getting on your 62 Strat! :

  • A ‘slab’-type (thick) rosewood fretboard with truss rod adjustment at the body end of the neck, no truss access above the nut, and no ‘skunk’ stripe on the back of the neck.
  • A honey-coloured finish on the maple areas of the neck (as opposed to pale, unstained wood).
  • Three single coil pickups with staggered-height alnico (mid-greyish), unchamfered pole-pieces.
  • A 3-ply white/black/white (or, from early 1992, green/black/green fake nitrate) scratchplate – held to the body with 11 screws.
  • A vintage tremolo/vibrato bridge held to the body with six crosshead, dome-top screws, and featuring Fender-branded saddles.
  • A pre-1964 style ‘spaghetti’ Fender logo on the headstock.
  • Generous body contouring with plenty of arm and chest relief, and usually, relatively light weight.
  • Individual routings in the body for each pickup – i.e. not a universal ‘swimming pool’ routing.
  • Kluson-style vintage machine heads with nickel plating, oval pegs, and no branding.
  • A blank or ‘FENDER’ branded neckplate, with both ‘Made in Japan’ and the serial number on the back of the neck just above its join with the body.
  • A single nickel plated string guide on the headstock.

Okay over and out for me, and as the site grows we look forward to hearing more from our Brisbane closet rockers making music, both good and bad, because we love music, guitars and because we can!! Hell yeah!!

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Born in Brisbane I am a bedroom guitar player, although having played in front of churches (tough crowd!!) for quite a few years so some understanding of band dynamics, timing, gear (private use compared to public use) and melodic structure, instrumental breaks (okay leather pants solos....) and of course amps! Besides from my love of guitar and the G.A.S that goes with it (hey email me I am always offloading gear!! lol) I love languages, and can converse in basic Japanese, and study biblical Greek. I live in Logan with my young family (so not heaps of time at the moment) and will be contributing gear reviews based on a lot of gear I have or still currently have.

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