A little bit of Fender history –
After a somewhat inglorious run as owner of the Fender brand from 1965 to early 1985, CBS agreed to sell the brand to a management buyout headed by Bill Shultz, to be named Fender Musical Instrument Company (FMIC).
During 1984 CBS built the "Standard" Strat (that 2-knob version with the output jack on the pickguard), the 3 or so Elite Strat versions (regular, gold, and walnut), the '57 reissue, and a '62 reissue through to the end of that year. CBS finally shut down the Fullerton Fender plant and sold the Fender brand to FMIC in February 1985. The sale did not include the old Fullerton factory so FMIC had to build a new facility in nearby Corona.
Production of American made Fender instruments ceased for much of 1985, as the newly independent company moved from Fullerton to the new facility at Corona, California. FMIC retained a number of the best and most experienced builders from Fullerton, and transferred them over to Corona to train the new staff.
They took with them some of the very best components – mostly vintage reissue parts including bodies, necks, hardware & electronics – from Fullerton to Corona to use in their training of the new Corona crew.This instrument is one of the fabulous early Fender ‘62 Strat reissues to come out of the Corona factory, made using older Fullerton parts, by a new team of builders overseen by the steady hands of some old guard Fullerton Fender craftsmen.
This is borne out by the very deep body contours on this guitar - they are the same deep contours that characterise the Fullerton built instruments. The deep curves go away some time in 1987 and by 1988 they had moved to the thicker contours Fender used until they revamped the series in 1998.
It is also finished in nitro lacquer which is a vital element required to fully display the beauty of the fabulous Sea Foam Green finish. This was not the case with later Corona guitars.
The neck date is 10th October 1986 and the pots date to 23th week of 1986. And we believe there have been no changes or modifications made to this guitar.
Well, is it a good guitar ? Why YES, it’s a beauty – the ultimate California music machine!
Seriously, these early Corona built guitars are some of the best sounding Strats we’ve had here at PREMIER GUITARS – clear, focused tones, with a particularly rich sounding neck pickup, plenty of bite from the bridge p/u, and lots of pop from the in-between p/u settings. Everything you could want from a classic Strat.
It features a super comfy, slim C profile neck, tall vintage size frets on a dark rosewood fingerboard, a three ply white pickguard, vintage style tuners, bridge and saddles, a five way switch, and three great sounding black bottom, staggered pole pickups. The frets show no wear that we can see.
Weight is 8.0 lbs
There is a small ding on the top edge (see pics), and some light wear and scratches here and there. The finish shows some lovely natural striations that can be seen in a certain light, which add to the wonderful vintage vibe of this instrument.
This is a nice early example of the best of Fender workmanship from an era when the brand had got its engineering credibility back by assigning its best craftsmen to these early vintage reissues. This year pre-dates the establishment of the Fender Custom Shop by three years and it was these elite craftsmen that went on to be the first Master Builders at Fender.
This is a wonderful piece from a fine era of Fender’s more modern history, and it is a great guitar to play. It has been well looked after, and treated with the respect deserved for a lovely reincarnation of a classic American electric guitar – the ’62 Strat in one of the coolest Fender colours ever – Sea Foam Green.
Comes in its original Fender tweed case in good condition.