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1989 Fender Japan Stratocaster, American Standard Template w/ Rosewood Board, Schaller Hardware, MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. This unique “Made in Japan” Strat is a rare combination of East and West, featuring a body and neck crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, patterned after the American Standard model. Hardware includes the same Schaller-made two-point vibrato and Fender-embossed tuning machines seen on the American Standard model, and additional features of note include micro-tilt adjustment at the neck heel, a 22-fret fingerboard with a modern 9 1/2" radius and medium jumbo fretwire, and a “swimming pool” pickup route. The basswood body ensures a neutral, clear natural acoustic profile, and the stock trio of Fender Japan's alnico single coil pickups deliver a bevy of classic Strat tonalities. The bridge pickup is sparkling and clear, the neck pickup has a bell-like chime and inherent heft, and there’s a snappy, scooped quality via the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation. The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The 22-fret thick slab rosewood fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut, with a modern 9 1/2“ radius and pristine medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the stock set of Schaller-made, Fender-embossed tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome plating. The back of the headstock retains the small blue “65” sticker, denoting the original price of this instrument in Japan as ¥65,000. The “Made in Japan” text and G-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, which has a micro-tilt adjustment. All of the electronics function as intended; the trio of pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints and full-size Japanese pots that date to September, 1989. The body sports a large “swimming pool” pickup route, mirroring Fender's American Standard model. The Schaller-made vibrato has a two-point design with a full-size block, actuating very smoothly and engineered for broad, expressive gestures and quick flutters. Plastics comprise the lightly aged trio of knobs and the three-ply white pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing along the treble side of the strum path. Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, as well as a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability. The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.