First, the only thing any of you will give a shit about - I had a blast playing blues licks on this, so I did a quick one-take improv over a BB King "The Thrill is Gone" backing:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXhjBDxlHNI]Fender 62 Reissue Demo - B.B. King Style Blues - YouTube[/VIDEO]
My bassist buddy has been on a guitar buying kick lately, and has NOT been fucking around. He's about to get engaged, so e's doing all his shopping now - since I've seen him last, he's snagged a Suhr Modern 7 with a sick burl top, a PRS Custom 22 (like, not an SE), and a Fender 62 Reissue, the guitar in question here. He wasn't really happy with how it played, though, so he left it here for a week so I could tweak the setup.
Simply bullet point review, which despite the large amount of text in the cons column, while this isn't a guitar I'd buy based on its specs, it's one I liked rather a lot:
What a great sounding guitar. Seriously. It also looks gorgeous. Especially looks gorgeous in my guitar rack.
"Vintage" appointments are just dumb, really, is the short version. Between the damned near microscopic fretwire and the 7" (!!!) radius neck, I couldn't get the action as low as I might have wanted (and my buddy might have hoped) simply because bends on the B and E string would have totally choked out had I lowered it any. And, thankfully I lucked out and eyeballed the truss rod adjustment almost perfectly when I swapped from 10-52 to 10-48 for him, because the truss rod was adjusted at the heel of the neck, meaning I had to pop the neck off to do adjustments. This meant loosening the strings and popping them out of the vintage style tuning pegs where there's a hole down the center of the peg you stick the excess string, which just makes me nervous to unstring and restring them because it just doesn't seem as secure as a modern design, much less a locking design. And of course I've never been a fan of 6-point trems - it functions well enough, but meant there's no good way to adjust the string height other than shimming the neck and then fine tuning it with the saddle hight screws, which I had to do, twice, to get it to play where I wanted it. And then there's the vintage stagger on the (already not even remotely hot) pickups, which is something that was designed to work with a woulds G string and makes no sense with contemporary guitar strings. And then while I appreciated the opportunity to try sticking a three-way switch between positions to get those "in-between" sounds, I didn't appreciate the non-RW/RP middle single coil, and a strat without a 5-way makes no sense to me, so when my buddy picked this up today I got his permission and then quickly replaced the three-way with the (included by Fender, thank god) 5-way.
That said, again, what a great looking and sounding guitar. One that if I owned I'd want to reradius the fretboard and throw some jumbo frets on it, and I probably wouldn't be able to resist a few pickup swaps of course, but I had a blast working on and playing this one.
I wish they did compound radius back then. I did a 7-12" compound radius on my single cut and that thing gets crazy low action and bends never choke out. It's my new favorite radius for 6 strings.