Got one from the Mid 80's Fullerton or Corona. Previous owner played it and refreted it for jumbos. So it has a lot of honest ware and looked old when I got it in 97 and has just gotten better. Not sure of the year as I never had the neck off or opened the thing up nor had a tech tell me.So:
1. A late 80's 62 Vintage Reissue, rosewood board, I suppose 'sonic blue.' I don't know ex. when the early Fullerton reissue came forth, but this was a killer that reminded me of my early years with actual vintage strats (you know, before us old farts even knew they were 'vintage']
What are your thoughts?
Interesting I have always loathed the AM standards. Give me a good 70's or Ri or a Mex. Honestly Fender has so many models I don't know the rest of the ever changing line up.American Standards almost always feel about right to me. As well as most of the others Ive owned, but slightly moreso.
That said, my favorite Strat is a 62 style japanese copy.
I really feel like I let this model pass by me at the time when I should've taken a hard look at them. I have wondered why Fender stopped, other than this incessant need for so many 'new' models.The AVRI Hot Rod ‘62 Stratocaster. Beefy neck with a 9.5” radius; big frets; 57/62 PUs with the middle reverse-wound; thick slab rosewood; 5-way switch; thin lacquer; 2nd tone knob controls the bridge and middle PUs; and deep body contours.
Amazing guitars. Exactly what a Strat should be. Even better than the pre-CBS Strats that I’ve owned.