Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster '54 vintage reissue model ST54-500 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Charcoal Burst gloss finish. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory and an "Order Made" example with non-catalog features, this Fender Japan exclusive model is extremely rare, with dark streaking in the transparent butterscotch gloss finish highlighting the grain of the American Basswood body. The toasted appearance of this finish was officially christened Charcoal Burst by Fender Japan.
The instrument has a natural chiming, clear quality that translates well through the stock pickups. Via the five-way selector switch, the bridge pickup is sparkling and snappy, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and bell-like top end, with every shade of single coil Strat sound covered in-between. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium depth soft V profile with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius with original slender vintage-style fretwire that retains its full factory height with nigh flawless crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock reflects features from 1954 including the round string tree, spaghetti logo, and Kluson-style tuning machines. The neck heel is pencil dated 12-20-89, and the matching "Order Made" stamps and order numbers are present on the neck heel and in the pocket. The “Made in Japan” text and C-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt neck plate.
On the body, the electronics work as they should and the solder joints are untouched, with full-size pots that date to 1989. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine with just a touch of patina on the bridge saddles and pickup pole pieces, and the plastic parts are clean including the (unusual, yet original) three-ply black pickguard and matching pickup covers and knobs.
The Charcoal Burst gloss finish is exceedingly rare on a Stratocaster, exhibiting some small dings on the lower bout on top and to a lesser extent on the back, with a bit of light scuffing on the back lower bout body edge and a small area of lighter finish on the back of the lower body horn (possibly from a small removed sticker). The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.
A form-fit black faux leather gigbag is included.