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1987 Fender ExTrad '57 Stratocaster ST57-140 Sunburst Lacquer w/ USA Electronics, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1987 Fender “ExTrad” Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-140 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Finished in two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer and complete with all USA electronics, this ExTrad model represents the absolute top tier of Fender Japan at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of "Made in Japan" production. Extremely rare, these instruments were designed to be sold in the Japanese domestic market and are uncommon in their country of origin or elsewhere.

A true Custom Shop offering, the ExTrad instruments were ostensibly made to order one-offs with features that paralleled Fender's USA Custom Shop output. Established by Makoto Sugimoto, who benefitted from a quarter century of experience in R&D, custom guitar building, and engineering at Fujigen, the ExTrad instruments were produced by a small team of expert craftspeople, representing Fender Japan's absolute best. This premium instrument line was first offered in 1986 and was retired in 1994, and this example predates the ExTrad decal branding on the headstock.

The tonewood complement comprises an alder body and a one-piece highly figured flame maple neck, and the instrument has a clear, balanced natural acoustic profile. The single coils are the same pickups seen in the American Vintage line and early USA Custom Shop Strats, with staggered alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads. Lively, sparkling, and very dynamic, the sound is distinct and vital in every position on the three-way pickup selector switch. The bridge pickup has bite and bounce, with a woody, percussive middle pickup, and round, bell-like chime at the neck, and the “in-between” settings have a thinned-out snap and scooped spank. This Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Flame maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .845” 1st fret, .990” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple, 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius
-Frets: Slender, leveled and crowned, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh
-Serialization: “Made in Japan,” E-prefix, neck heel is dated 2-5-87, STS-prefix stamps in neck pocket/heel

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: USA black bobbin 57/62 pickups, cloth-covered leads
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS 250k pots date to late ‘86 and early ‘87
-Hardware: Fender American Vintage bridge, steel block
-Plastics: One-ply pickguard, evenly aged knobs

Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone nitro lacquer finish includes buckle rash across the back and various dings and scuffs from honest use. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless, with light palm wear on the edges of the fingerboard, and some finger wear on the fretboard.

A Fender gigbag is included.