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1989 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster ST-362F Black Sparkle w/ Floyd Rose & Case, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster model ST-362F in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in a custom color Black Sparkle gloss and complete with a hardshell case. Made at the Fujigen factory in Japan and designed to appeal to the "Superstrat" crowd, this particular guitar has the traditional triple single coil configuration, with a Floyd Rose-licensed Schaller tremolo. Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and dark slab rosewood fretboard, providing a balanced, smooth platform for the ceramic magnet single coil pickups. These pickups have authoritative cut, treble sparkle and tight bass register growl, and the "in-between" sounds on the five-way switch have the scoop and quack that one expects from a Strat. This Strat weighs 7lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation. The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a notably thick slab, with pearloid dot inlay and pristine stock slender fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, holding pitch stability well against the deepest of dive bombs. On the headstock, the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and G-prefix serial are present on the headstock face, and the neck heel and pocket retain the factory model number stamps. All of the electronics work as they should, with the three ceramic magnet single coil pickups wired to a five-way selector switch. The original full-size Japanese pots date to December, 1990. Clean chrome-plated hardware includes the jack cup and the Floyd Rose-licensed, Schaller-branded tremolo; which actuates smoothly and bounces back to pitch quickly. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the three-ply white pickguard. The gloss metalflake Black Sparkle finish has great dimension, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of small dings along the lower bout body edge and on the back, an area of buckle rash at the edge of the belly contour, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with palm wear on the treble-side shoulder behind fret 2 and a number of shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting. A back tolex hardshell case is included. The case has a fair bit of cosmetic wear, yet is functional with the original latches and handle.