Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Boxer Series Stratocaster model SF-456 in 100% original condition and perfect working order with a custom color Trans Green finish over an ash body. Built in Japan at the famed FujiGen factory during the golden era of Fender Japan production, the SF-456 is easily among the rarest Strats produced during the original Boxer series run in the mid 1980s. Perfectly tailored to the "Superstrat" crowd, the SF-456 model boasts an SSH pickup array, ash body, super jumbo fretwire on a 12" radius, 22 fret slab rosewood fingerboard, and a genuine USA-made Kahler tremolo and corresponding locking nut.
Acoustically, this guitar has an authoritative, cutting sound that translates well through the pickups, and the guitar has plenty of articulation and snap on tap via Fender Japan's Hot Rod alnico magnet single coils in the neck and middle positions. The bridge position humbucker has a punchy roar, with a factory coil tap mini toggle for single coil spank. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret rosewood board features dot inlay and original super jumbo frets which have tons of meat, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, with wear growingly lighter on the crowns until fret 6. The scale length measures 25 1/2", and the graphite nut measures 42.5mm (just shy of 1 11/16") in width. The headstock face features microscopic "Made in Japan" text under the Stratocaster name along with the E-prefix serial number. The original locking nut is intact, working in concert with the Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuning machines, ensuring optimal tuning stability.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the pickups wired to a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume and Tone knobs, and a two-way mini toggle coil tap which eliminates the screw coil of the humbucker in the down position. The Tone pot has a visible date code from January of 1986, and the body is factory routed to accommodate an HHH pickup configuration if desired. Hardware includes the black USA Kahler tremolo, ideally suited to broad, dynamic dives and warbles, complete with black-tipped chrome vibrato arm. Original plastics include the one-ply black pickguard and pair of F-capped knobs.
The Trans Green finish is an exceedingly rare option, highlighting the dynamic grain patterns on the ash body. Cosmetic wear includes finish chips and scuffs, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter, with pick wear across the strum path and some pinhead-sized marks on top behind the bridge. The gloss on the neck shows palm wear on the shoulders of the profile and a few shallow marks along the profile length.