Up for sale, a 1983 Fender '57 Stratocaster model ST57-65 in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Produced early in the second year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar is an particularly rare example, with the same pickups used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year. The pickups are a trio of stock black bobbin single coils, and this JV series Strat is notable for having a faithful '50s neck carve, offering a bit more shoulder and overall heft than the Fullerton factory necks.
Extremely accurate to vintage spec and sold only within Japan, this Strat has a resonant alder body and chiming, clear quality that translates well through the pickups. Via the three-way switch, the bridge pickup has ample snap and sparkle, while neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 4oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. On the maple fretboard, the original slender frets are intact with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and a nut that measures 1.675" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). On the correct '50s shape headstock, this Strat has the larger "spaghetti" Fender logo seen on the first JV models, with microscopic "Made In Japan" text beneath it. The Kluson-style tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 5-14-83, and the truss rod nut has necessitated little adjustment in the past nearly 30 years. The original JV-prefix serial number is embossed on the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups and untouched solder joints on the full-size pots which date to March of 1983. The lacquer is even still intact on the pickup poles, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with a bright white one-ply pickguard and lightly yellowed pickup covers and knobs. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, showing light patina on the Fender-stamped saddles and featuring a full-size trem block for optimal sustain.
The Olympic White gloss finish is extremely well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to one finish scratch at the bass-side waist on top and a few additional small nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
Imported directly from Tokyo and a model that very rarely comes up for sale, this JV Strat is one of the earliest Fender reissues, complete with original Fullerton factory Fender USA black bobbin pickups.
The original Fender Japan gigbag is included.