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1989 Fender '54 Stratocaster ST54-900 Sunburst Lacquer w/ American Vintage Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen ST54-115


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 vintage reissue model ST54-900 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early, top-tiered “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, uncommon outside its country of origin.  

With premium features throughout mirroring Fender's American Vintage line, the ST54-900 features a nitro lacquer gloss finish, American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups, a USA-made writing harness with CTS pots, steel tremolo block, and a V-shaped neck profile carve. And while the ST54-900 made its first catalog appearance in '90, supplanting the ST54-115 model, the specs between these two ST54 models are ostensibly identical.

Tonewoods include an alder body and a one-piece maple neck, providing a balanced, clear acoustic profile channeled faithfully via the pickup complement. The Fender USA black bobbin single coils (the same pickups seen in the American Vintage line and early USA Custom Shop Strats) feature staggered alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads; they’re lively, sparkling, and dynamic, and 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. This Strat weighs 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium depth soft V-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is practically perfect, leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock has a '54 spec round string tree, and the nickel-plated Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and F-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated to 7-12-89. The neck heel and pocket also retain their factory model stamps.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads, untouched solder joints, USA-made CTS pots that date to the 17th week of ‘87, and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. Plastics include lightly aged pickup covers and knobs, and a one-ply white pickguard. The vibrato has the same steel block as its USA-made compatriots, complete with its stock arm.

The gloss two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish exhibits some light texturing in the clear coat on the body perimeter, with prominent buckle rash on the back at the bass-side lower bout and some additional minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.  

A vintage Fender "USA" faux leather gigbag is included.