1993/94 Fender MIJ Blue Foto Flame 62 RI Stratocaster
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Model: 62 Reissue Stratocaster MIJ Fotoflame
Here we have a 1993/94 Fender MIJ 62 Reissue Stratocaster in Blue (slightly faded over time to a blue-ish gray) Foto Flame finish. This guitar is in great shape with only a few very minor scratches and dings, but none that penetrate the finish of the body/neck. The guitar is set up well and plays excellent. The neck and frets are in great condition with beautiful figuring on the neck and plenty of life left in the frets. MIJ Fenders of this era are regarded as incredibly well made instruments and this one is no exception. The “Foto Flame” series was a short-lived, inexpensive attempt by Fender to compete with a growing “flame top” market such as PRS and Dean guitars. The Foto Flame guitars, with the flame on top, usually have a Basswood cap on Alder or, in the case of the Foto Flame being on front and back, the whole body can be made of Basswood. When the “Foto Flame,” film is applied to the Basswood top, it makes the guitar appear as if it had high-end matchbook, figured Maple. The way they shrink wrapped this film around the guitar is amazing and it is hard not to think it is real wood. The Japanese are masters at copying, as these guitars testify. In fact, the Fender USA guys "almost cried" when they saw the MIJ quality as Fender USA was trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout in March of 1984.
The “Foto Flame” is a thin piece of photographic film of some very highly figured wood laminated to the guitar. Overall this is a fantastic, well made guitar in great shape. Includes new fender gig bag.