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1988 Fender Boxer Series Stratocaster HSS ST314-60 Medium Scale Snow White, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Boxer Series medium scale Stratocaster model ST314-60 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the Fujigen factory for a very limited period during the golden era of Fender Japan production. It’s a unique, forward-thinking model boasting a slightly scaled-down 24 3/4“ scale length, HSS pickup complement, and 12” fretboard radius.

Featuring a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, this guitar has a chiming, resonant acoustic profile with good midrange cut captured by the stock HSS pickup complement. The bridge position Dragster humbucker is designed for gain, offering a powerful, biting sound with excellent articulation and sonic heft. The neck and middle position ST-Current single coil pickups feature alnico design and deliver quintessential Strat sparkle, full and throaty at the neck, with hollow quack at the “in-between” positions on the five-way selector switch. This Boxer Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with generous, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, bordering on D-shaped, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless. The shorter 24 3/4“ scale matches Gibson spec, and this Strat plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The graphite nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock sports dual string trees, and the original Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text is present on the headstock face, and the E-prefix serial is intact above the four-bolt neck plate with black plastic gasket and micro-tilt adjustment. The neck heel is pencil dated to 11-26-88.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a five-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls, and the original full-size Japanese pots date to ‘85 and ‘86. The chrome-plated hardware still has plenty of shine, with a light dusting of patina on the “Fender”-embossed saddles. The six-point vibrato has a full-size block and is outfitted with Fender Japan’s ENDROX system, a series of locking bolts accessed on the back of the instrument, designed to ensure optimal stability and quick returns to pitch, and the original black-tipped arm is included. Plastics comprise the original pair of knobs and the three-ply black pickguard.

The gloss Olympic White finish (catalog: Snow White) has yellowed very lightly, and this guitar is super clean, with cosmetic wear limited to just a scant few tiny dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless, save for one shallow nick on the bass-side shoulder at fret 9 that has no impact on playability.

A faux leather gigbag is included.