Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Stratocaster model ST314-55 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very rare model only offered in the early years of Fender Japan production at the famed Fujigen factory, the ST314-55 is a "medium scale" model with a 22 fret maple fretboard and 24 3/4" scale length. Loaded with the original trio of Fender Japan black bobbin single coils, this Strat delivers plenty of chime and snap. The neck position has a sweet, bell-like chime, while the bridge position is clear and sparkling. The guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with round shoulders and palm wear through the gloss on the lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fingerboard has been refretted with medium jumbo fretwire, and these frets are flawless with plenty of meat, offering easy playability up the 24 3/4" scale. The original graphite nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text is present on the headstock face just below the Stratocaster name, and the small "55" sticker is still intact too, noting that this guitar was 55,000 yen when sold new in 1986. The E-prefix serial number is on the neck heel just above the four-bolt neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment, and the neck heel is pencil dated 12-15-85.
The electronics all function as intended with a five-way pickup selector switch and traditional Volume/Tone/Tone Strat control array. The chrome hardware is nice and bright, and the plastics are equally as clean. The vibrato actuates easily with a full-size block, complete with the original arm. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scattered dings clustered on the lower bout body edge and where the forearm crosses the top, with a few additional nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole.
A gigbag is included.