Here’s a gorgeous and pristine condition 1962 reissue Fender Stratocaster made in Japan, finished in glorious Candy Apple Red. This lady in red has been cherished by its previous owner, with only mild signs of playwear. Her action is to die for & the sound,,,Well, possibly one of the nicest sounding Strats we’ve ever had the pleasure of offering for sale. She sleeps in a Freestyle (None Fender) Hard Case.
Possibly the best-known instruments in the Japanese Fender range were the ’57 and ’62 Stratocaster reissues – designated in the USA as the ’50s and ’60s Stratocaster reissues.
They were the culmination of Fender’s response to super-accurate Far Eastern copies of old American Fenders. The damage wreaked upon Fender sales by vintage Tele and Strat replicas from the likes of Tokai and Fernandes was profound, and the only way Fender could address it was by playing the copyists at their own game. Fender would set up production in Japan and essentially copy themselves.
It was recognised pretty much immediately (even internally at Fender) that the initial Japanese Fenders were far better value than their USA-made counterparts. Depending on which early ‘80s American Strat you were looking at, the Japanese newbies were normally either of similar quality, or even better – and they cost a heck of a lot less. In the UK at least, the first Fender Japan reissues (from 1982, 1983 and 1984) were only available under the Squier brand. This was to avoid completely destroying sales of the American Fenders, which were still coming out of the Fullerton factory at the time. The only sales Fender wanted to destroy with their Japanese guitars, were those of Tokai, Fernandes, and other copyists. But in the mid ‘eighties after the Fullerton factory shut down, Japanese Fender-branded guitars began to flow into the UK shops. With the Fender-branded range, there was an immediate and significant increase in price over the Squiers. Quality was sky-high though, and with new American Fenders no longer to be found, the MIJs instantly became serious objects of desire.
For the record, these Fender MIJ ’62 reissues were produced by FujiGen Gakki – the same manufacturer who produced the renowned JV series guitars which preceded them.
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Our shipping policy is simple: We ship Guitars, Amps and Accessories to the UK, Europe & ROW. We’ve been shipping items to the UK and abroad for many years without any issues, as we always use the best and most reliable shipping companies. All guitars and amps will be shipped insured and tracked. So you can check your shipping status anytime. We always package them to the highest possible standard.
Note: All amps are preferably UK shipping or collection only. We rarely ship amps internationally, due to potential breakage, unless this is agreed separately. If you are outside Europe and are interested in any of our guitars or amps please contact us for a special shipping quote.
We operate a 48hr approval period for on-line mail order purchases only. Customers who buy goods in the RGG showroom can fully evaluate them prior to making the payment, and as such do not have this return and refund option available to them. The 48hr mail order returns period offered is with regard to either a problem with the guitar upon receipt, IE, the goods appear to have a defect that was not outlined in the sale listing or clearly not sold as advertised. If the purchaser wishes to return the goods for any other reason, then there will be a re-stocking fee of 10% of the original sale value & return carriage must be paid by the purchaser, there are no exceptions to these rules.
If you want to return an item please make contact for a returns authorisation. You have 2 days to try the instrument. We offer a full refund minus our shipping costs (including our cost of free shipping if applicable) It is the purchaser’s responsibility to organise the return promptly to the company in the condition it was received, using the original packaging and with a copy of the sales receipt. (We recommend you insure the item in transit). The item must be shipped back via a service comparable with which it was delivered, within 24 hours (Excluding weekends) upon receipt of the return authorization. Goods that have been altered from their original condition in any way cannot be returned.
Any items returned after the 48hr agreed approval period, and not exceeding more than two weeks, are subject to a 10% re-stocking fee, based on of the original sale value of the goods. PayPal, Credit/Debit card refunds will be processed immediately upon receipt of the returned goods and normally take 3-5 working days to show on the customer’s account. Bank transfer and cash purchase payments will be refunded by Bank transfer to your nominated bank.