Artist ST62FR Fiesta Red Electric Guitar
Artist ST62FR Fiesta Red Electric Guitar
This is one of Artist's signature model guitars. It boasts a modern tremolo - slot in slot out arm rather than the vintage screw-in design. This is an extremely nice guitar to play with great appointments all around. It features a comfortable '62 style neck with the Artist ST style headstock. This is also the first guitar in the Artist line up to feature the Artist "Wrangler" series single-coil pickups featuring Alnico 5 magnets which were designed to replicate that great vintage tone so important to the "ST" style of guitar. Add to this the locking machine heads and medium jumbo frets and you have a great all-around axe.
The body is constructed using Solid Poplar with a Canadian maple neck and eco-rosewood fretboard.
The Tech Features
Body: ST style Solid Poplar Body with basswood veneer
Nut Width: 42mm / 15⁄8 ”
Scale Length: 251⁄2 ” / 648mm
Neck: Canadian Maple 21.5-23 mm thickness
Fret Board: Eco Rosewood
Number of Frets: 22
Fingerboard Radius: 12" / 305mm
Pickups: 3 x Artist "Wrangler" Single-Coil Pickups with Alnico 5 Magnets
Switch: 5-way Switch with Woven Circuit
- 1st - Neck Pickup
- 2nd - Neck and Middle Pickup
- 3rd - Middle Pickup
- 4th - Bridge and Middle Pickup
- 5th - Bridge Pickup
Truss Rod: Dual action (2 way)
Machine Heads: Chrome Locking Tuners
Bridge: Chrome Deluxe Tremolo with 2 Fulcrum Posts; Tremolo Arm Included
Colour: Fiesta Red
Weight: 3.4kg to 3.6kg / 7 lb and 7.9 oz to 7 lb and 14.9 oz approximately
Optional Hardcases: REC300RC, REC350BK, REC350FTB, EC500
Optional Gig Bags: HGBAGST, BAGST
It’s Gem of a guitar.By: Jimmy Carr on 28 July 2021Delivered within three days of ordering during COVID Lockdown which was exceptional in my opinion. Straight out the box, all the guitar needed was a tune and was ready to play. I personally changed the strings for something of my liking, polished the frets and reset the action. All standard stuff whenever I buy a guitar. I was a little bit sceptical at first about the “eco” fret board, however any concern has long since gone as it complements the very well finished frets, feels and plays as well as my higher priced guitars. I like to prod and poke around my gear so when I pulled the pick guard off to check out the wiring I was very happy to see what a quality job Artist are doing. The wiring is very neat and for what it’s worth the cavity routing is very well done with no rough edges. By comparison my 2020 American PROII Strat is as rough as hell in the cavity and the paint finish is disappointingly not as good as the Artist ST62. The only negative I have on the Artist is the colour of the pickup and back covers as they are too white for my taste. Easily fixed and is of course a personal preference. All in all this is a cracking guitar with fantastic build quality, great sounding pickups and is easily worth the asking price which includes delivery. I would have no hesitation in recommending this guitar to new and experienced player’s alike. Nice work Artist Guitars.
By: Artist GuitarsThank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review. We are stoked to hear that you like the guitar and we really appreciate the support!
The most comfortable guitar I've ever played.By: Bill on 28 April 2021Firstly - Artist need to update the marketing photos for this guitar, they don’t do it justice. The Fiesta Red perfectly matches the old Fender colour - not too glossy like the new guitars. I went in to the shop to look at buying one, picked it up off the rack and it felt and played perfectly. Normally I would replace the neck with a Fender neck, but this one is so comfortable to play, it’s staying on. The tuning stability on the guitar is brilliant considering it has a tremolo. Again, would normally install vintage tuners, but these work too well. The vintage cream pickguard and control knobs are a nice touch too. The electronics are top quality – knobs and switch are very high end. The pickups are brilliant as well, it sounds purely vintage strat! The staggered height pole pieces are a nice touch as well. If there are beginners out there looking at their first guitar, save a bit harder and go for this guitar!!! Well worth the extra cash, it’s a true work horse. While it's not pure vintage in terms of hardware looks, it strikes a good balance between a tribute to the legendary guitars of the '60s whilst having the right amount of modern innovations that make it perfect for any player. For anyone saying the pro's only use pure vintage guitars, Eric Clapton since the early 2000s is always using new Strats with 22 frets, modern bridges and pickups. Chances are, if Clapton is ok with modern guitars, it’s probably good enough for the rest of us!! Brilliant product by Artist.
By: Artist GuitarsThank you so much for this awesome review! We're glad to hear that you are happy with your purchase! Cheers.
Super niceBy: BYEONGHYEON on 22 April 2021I have owned and played many other strats including Fender and G&L made in US and this is on a par with them. I originally planned to replace the pickups with Fender CS pickups but decide to keep it. - Finish: Impeccable - Neck: A bit wider than typical Fenders, but not much. No sharp fret ends. - Pickups: Ohm readings tell me that these pickups are hot like Texas special and sounds really great. - Fingerboard: This is the only part I don't like. Eco-rosewood feels dry and doesn't feel like real rosewood on fingers. I would prefer maple board on this one. - Set up: Lowering pickups on bass side or raising on treble side can give you more buttery sound if that's what you are looking for, which I did.
By: Artist GuitarsThank you so much for the impeccable review! We are glad you like your guitar and thanks for the support. Rock on!
I'm throwing out my 70's Strat!By: Mike Stelzig on 10 April 2021In the late 1970’s, I spent all Summer holidays working in a stinking metal parts factory to save up for a US Fender Stratocaster. The guitar I got was a 1976 Strat in egg-shell white, black scratch plate, maple neck and three-point tilt neck plate. Fast forward 42 years. After owning dozens of guitars and after reading great reviews about the ST62, I wanted to try one. I ordered the ST62 in vintage white. Because this $299 guitar was superior to my genuine ‘76 Stratocaster original, I ordered another one – in red. Not sure about the red colour - surf blue may have been nicer...but, hey, it's OK. Why is this guitar so good? The ST62’s neck has a very comfortable feel. Not too thick and not too thin. The fretboard is made of eco-rosewood (whatever that is) and has medium jumbo frets. The frets have been levelled and polished perfectly. There are no sharp fret edges. I was able to achieve an action even better than the vintage white sister guitar. There is no fret-buzz or dead spots on the fretboard. The neck sits perfectly in the neck pocket. In comparison, my genuine ’76 US Strat had a 3mm gap between the neck and neck pocket, the guys at Fender had painted lacquer over the frets (yes, you read correctly) and the tremolo didn’t work: it was never in tune and the thread wore out within weeks. In stark comparison, both the Artist ST62 are perfect. Well almost… The ST62’s vibrato uses two pivot bolts and feels good to use with little resistance. The pickups use strong alnico magnets. They sound great but due to the strong magnetic pull, you have to be careful not to raise them too high – otherwise you get weird frequencies in your tone. The 5-way switch, volume and tone controls work as they should. The ST62 is made of poplar compared to my ’76 Strat which was made of alder. As a result, the ST62 is “twangier”, “brighter”, “sharper” sounding than my original. This “edge” was also demonstrated on YouTube by Brett Kingman in his review of this guitar. If you want an edgy Blackmore sound [like on the Rainbow live album or the Deep Purple in Rock album] then this is your instrument. The guitar has good sustain and cuts through. I can’t really fault this guitar sound wise. It’s great to play on. Now the negative. The body and paint at first glance are immaculate. However, when looking at an angle, one can see the wood grain, probably because the wood shrunk after being painted. This is a minor issue, which even Fender/Squier suffers. Also, the guitar did not stay in tune. After replacing the string trees with roller trees and widening the space for the strings on the nut to move freely, this guitar stays in tune 99.999% of the time. I hope Artist builds on the solid foundation with this manufacturer. So far, I’m impressed with both guitars and Artist Guitar’s service.
By: Artist GuitarsThank you very much for your awesome review and kind words. This is highly appreciated and we are very glad that you liked the guitar. If you need help or have any questions, please contact us again. Cheers!
Beautiful.By: james on 23 January 2021I'm surprised at how awesome this guitar looks, Fiesta red is eye catching to say the least, apart from how it looks this guitar is so easy to play it should be illegal. I've never played a guitar with a tremolo which is why I bought this one and I couldn't be happier, it was perfectly setup,action trem,intonation all spot on and as a plus arrived in just two days. Thank you Artist guitars for another amazing product.