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1983 Fender Stratocaster JV '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-85 Black w/ USA Fullerton Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1983 Fender '57 Stratocaster model ST57-85 in excellent 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 extremely rare example and a higher-tiered model, with the same pickups and steel trem block used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues from the same year.

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 USA Fender Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups. The bridge pickup has ample snap and twang, with classic Strat quack on the "in-between" positions on the original three-way switch. The neck pickup is girthy and full, cutting through with a dynamic sound that has both thickness and articulation. The guitar weighs 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has been professionally refretted with flawless slender fretwire, and the fretboard has been refinished as well (the neck profile retains the original ambered gloss). The fretboard retains its vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. 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 turn smoothly and hold pitch as intended. The pencil date on the neck heel reads 2-22-83, and the neck pocket has the "B" stamp consistent with the 85,000 yen model tier.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original USA-made Fullerton-era black bobbin pickups and untouched solder joints. The original trio of Japanese pots are intact, dating to January of '83. Plastics include the uniformly aged pickup covers and switch tip, with a bright white single-ply pickguard and practically pristine knobs. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine (including the JV-prefix neck plate), with Fender-stamped saddles and a full-size USA-made steel trem block for optimal sustain. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some small, scattered dings mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter, one finish scratch north of the tremolo cavity cover, and light pick wear across the strum path. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A vintage form-fit faux leather gigbag is included.