Bill Alston


ST 62 range



The earliest ST 62s were produced as the famous JVs it is not my intention to cover the JVs 21 Frets already does that. I will start from 1985 onwards. That is when the A serial numbers started there had been some E serial numbers in 1984 but I don't think there were any models which did not appear in 1985. These guitars are made to similar specs to the original 1962 Stratocasters, as always they are not styled as reissues and with the exception of the Extrad range are not meant to be exact replicas. They first appeared in the 1983 catalogue. The models vary in quality the most basic being basswood with ceramic pickups others are quite high spec. You cannot easily tell some of the models apart without taking them apart. You may then be able to identify them by the neck markings, the pickups or the wood.
Although I will post pictures a lot of them will just look the same.

Specs and models

Specifications common to all ST 62s
Except where stated
Specifications
Neck Maple no skunk stripe oval profile 12.75" scale
Fretboard Rosewood 7.25" radius 21 vintage frets
Headstock 60s style truss rod adjustment at body Fender 50s gold spaghetti logo 1 butterfly string tree
Tuners Vintage style
Controls Standard Strat 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch
Nut 42 mms synthetic bone
Pickguard Parchment 3 ply 11 hole pattern

Manufacturing through the years at different factories may have produced variancies especially in the neck profile they certainly don't all feel exactly the same.

The Models

ST 62-115

First appears in the 1983 catalogue as a JV remained available under other serial numbers until 1989
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 ST Vintage USA made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Steel Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Fiesta Red, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White
There is a special Walnut Edition with gold hardware of this guitar the one below is a 1985 on an A serial number


The Walnut SE
St 62-85

Appears in the 1983 catalogue as a JV remained available under other serial numbers until 1989
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 ST Vintage USA made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Steel Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Fiesta Red, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White

ST 62-70

Appears in the 1985 catalogue remained available until 1989
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 ST Vintage USA made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Fiesta Red, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White


This is an ST62-70
St 62-55

Appears in the 1985 catalogue remained available until 1989
Specifications
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 ST Vintage Japanese made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Fiesta Red, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White in 1986 a Yellow abbreviated as RYL was added.



This 62-55 is an E serial number so is 1984-1987

In 1990 the model designations changed the numbers reflecting the approximate price in 100s of yen instead of 1000s this gave us the ST62-900 the ST62-770LS the ST62-650 the ST62-500 and the ST62-480. Then in in 1992 the designations changed this time back to the number reflecting the approximate price in 1000s of yen

ST 62-480

Available in 1990 and 1991
Specifications
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 ST Vintage
Hardware Chrome
Bridge 6 section pressed
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White


ST62-480

ST 62-900 ST 62-95 ST62-110

ST 62-900 1990 and 1991 became ST62-95 in 1992 changed to ST 62-110 in mid 1993 available until 1995
Specifications
Body Alder lacquer finish
Pickups 3 ST Vintage USA made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Steel Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White

ST 62-770LS ST 62-85LS ST62-95LS

ST 62-770LS in 1990 and 1991 became ST62-62-85LS in 1992 changed to ST 62-95LS md 1993 available until 1995
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 USA Gold Lace Sensors
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block Vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Vintage White or Surf Green
Active Circuit mid boost


This Surf Green LS is an ST62-770LS and is a 1990 model
ST 62-650 ST 62-70 version 2 for version 1 see earlier

ST 62-650 1990 and 1991 became ST62-70 in 1992 available until 1996
Specifications
Body Alder*
Pickups 3 ST Vintage USA made
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White
*The 62-70 started off as Alder but in the second 1993 catalogue it is Basswood and continues as Basswood until the end of it's production.


A 62-650
ST62-500 ST 62-53

ST 62-500 1990 and 1991 became ST62-53 1992 available until 1997
Specifications
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 ST Vintage
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast block
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red or Vintage White


This is an ST62-53
ST 62-65AS

Launched in 1994 a custom Edition in the 1995 catalogue for the 40th Anniversary with a highly figured neck described in the catalogue as "Natural Foto Flame Finish
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 ST Vintage
Hardware Gold
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red , Vintage White, Lake Placid Blue, SRG? and BMT?


The ST 62-65AS in Olympic White
ST 62-70NS

Also launched in 1994 a custom Edition in the 1995 catalogue for the 40th Anniversary with a Foto Flame body
Specifications
Body Alder with a Natural Foto Flame finished Basswood Cap
Pickups 3 ST Vintage
Hardware Gold
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours Foto Flame Natural only


This catalogue scan is 1995 and is the only picture of this guitar I can find
ST 62-70TX

Launched in 1996 and continued as ST 62-75TX, ST 62-78TX then simply as the ST 62-TX until 2012
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours at least 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Apple Red , Vintage White, OLB, Fiesta, A Blue Green (SBL), Ocean Turquoise, Shell Pink, Seafoam Green, Torino Red and Cherry Sunburst


An ST62-70TX
ST 62-TX/MH

Launched in 2010 avaiabe until at least 2013
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours A Blue (JB) and Burgundy Mist
The MH on these stands for Matching Headstock otherwise it is no different from the ST 62-TX except it is just over 2000 yen more expensive


This beauty is a 62-TX/MH in Burgundy Mist
ST 62G-80TX

Launched 1996 and continued to 2006.
Specifications
Body Alder
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Hardware Gold
Black Pickguard


This 62G-80TX could almost make me like Sunburst.
ST 62-58US ST62-66US and ST62US

ST 62-58US launched 1998 continued to 2007 when it became the ST 62-66US then the ST 62US in 2008 available until 2012
Specifications
Body Basswood*
Pickups 3 USA made Vintage Strat Pickups
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours at least 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Apple Red , Vintage White, OLB, Fiesta Red , A Blue Green (SBL), Ocean Turquoise (OTM), Shell Pink , Seafoam Green, Torino Red and Cherry Sunburst
* Rafasounds at the Strat forum has an ST 62-58US which is made of Alder a typical Fender Japan inconsistency


The ST62 US it may be that there is some difference in appearance with the US pickups if so I can't tell
ST 62-95DMC ST62-105DMC ST62-66DMC and ST62DMC

Launched as "Vintage Deluxe in 2006 became the ST62-105DMC under the Vintage Special label when there was also an ST 62-66DMC vintage deluxe in the same year. the ST62-66DMC then became the ST-62DMC in 2008. The first two were upmarket models the second 2 much cheaper. In the same year the the 105 was 110,250 yen the 66 was 69300 yen. Note the model numbers are not exactly refecting the launch price. There is a later reference to a ST62 DMC/VSP which presumably is a continuation of the ST62-105DMC with similar specs. Specifications ST62-95DMC and ST62-105DMC
Body Alder 2 piece
Pickups 3 DiMarzio Classical Vintage
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Steel Block S5D vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst only
Specifications ST62-66DMC and ST-DMC
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 DiMarzio Full Impact Single Coils
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Apple Red or Vintage White
These are identified as being DMC range by the pickup covers which say DiMarzio or if they have been changed the ends of the polepieces on DiMarzio pickups are a distinctive shape.



A Black ST62-66DMC and a Sunburst ST62-105DMC
ST 62 and 62G

Launched in 2010 available until at least 2013
Specifications
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 MIJ single coils
Hardware Chrome, Gold on the G Model
Bridge Diecast Block S5D vintage
Colours at least 3 Tone Sunburst, Black, Old Candy Apple Red, Vintage White, OLB, Fiesta Red , A Blue Green (SBL), Ocean Turquoise (OTM), Shell Pink, Seafoam Green, Torino Red and Cherry Sunburst. The Gold in 3 Colour Sunburst only.
The Gold model has a black scratchplate


A 62G the 62 is identical but with Chrome Hardware and a standard white scratchplate see below

ST 62VSP

Launched 2010
Specifications
Body Alder 2 piece
Pickups 3 MIJ Alnico Custom
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Steel Block S5D vintage
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst, Vintage White or Candy Apple Red.
I have also seen a special edition which is described as having a Thermowood neck if it is actually is Thermowood I don't know here it is. It's from 2014 and has gold hardware


This is a white one I have also seen a Thermowood in Candy Apple Red

Below is a Standard VSP

ST 62 Ash/MH

Launched 2011 the MH being Matching Headstock
Specifications
Body Ash with semi transparent finish
Pickups 3 MIJ Strat Single Coil Alnico
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Diecast Block Vintage Style
Colours Trans Red
Note this guitar has 22 frets and a wide oval neck



This very nice looking guitar is the ST 62 Ash MH
Extrad Series

First appeared in 1986 as the Extrad ST62-140 at 140,000 yen
just called the Extrad ST62 in 1990 and 1991, at 110,000 yen
there was an ST62-117 in at 117,000 yen 1992 and 1993 with an option for Mint Green Plastic
then an ST62-140 again in 1993. at 117,000 yen but with the option of a Light Ash body 128,000 yen
In 1994 the prices had risen to 135,000 yen with 145,000 yen for the Ash body?
If it is an Extrad it should have Extrad written on the back of the headstock or by the serial number. However TCGakki whilst not clear suggest that some early models don't have Extrad written on. I would be inclined to the view that if it doesn't say Extrad it isn't one.
Specifications
Body Alder or Light Ash with Lacquer Finish
Pickups 3 USA made vintage style single coils
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Vintage style
Colours 3 Tone Sunburst I have also seen a sonic blue which may be an SE


The Sonic Blue SE which is an Extrad ST62-117


In 2019 the only near equivalent model is the traditional 60s Strat retailing at the Yen equivalent of about £600 so unlikely to be of the quality of the better ST 62s

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