Up for sale, a 1987 Fender ST314-60 Stratocaster Medium Scale electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare model briefly produced during the "Made in Japan" golden age of Fender Japan production, this Stratocaster boasts a slightly more compact 24 3/4" scale length with a sleek two knob control layout and stock HSS pickup configuration. The basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard provide a balanced, smooth-sounding tonewood platform, while the Hot Rod ceramic magnet single coil pickups are particularly punchy and clear, with a snap and authority not afforded more common alnico magnets. The bridge humbucker is a Dragster, designed for higher gain with a cutting, powerful sound. The guitar weighs 7lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender C shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .760” deep at the 1st fret and .840” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret rosewood board features dot inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire which retains its full factory height, showing a hint of faint wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 7-12. The guitar plays easily in every register, and the contoured neck heel ensures effortless access to the highest frets. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The scale length is 24 3/4“ (identical to Gibson), and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock retains the original Gotoh tuning machines with the "60" sticker present on the back, signifying a 60,000 yen price when sold new. 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 and pocket retain their factory stamps.
The electronics function as intended with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls for the HSS pickup configuration. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine with light surface patina, and the black plastic parts are clean. The vibrato actuates easily with a full-size block, complete with the original arm. Cosmetic wear is limited to scuffing in the pick path, and scattered scuffs and finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and perimeter of the body. The neck sports a clean original gloss finish with a few microscopic marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original faux leather gigbag is included.