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1989 Fender Stratocaster '54 Vintage Reissue Order Made Charcoal Burst, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster '54 vintage reissue model in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Charcoal Burst gloss finish. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory, this Fender Japan exclusive model is extremely rare and part of the "Order Made" program of non-catalog custom ordered instruments. Christented Charcoal Burst, the finish has dark streaking in the transparent butterscotch gloss finish highlighting the grain of the American Basswood body.

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 5oz, 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 modestly slender soft V-shaped profile with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius with slender vintage-style fretwire that retains its full factory height and shows virtually no wear. 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 “Made in Japan” text and C-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel and pocket feature matching Order Made stamps and numbers, and the neck heel is pencil dated 12-20-89.

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 light patina on the bridge base and saddles, and the plastic parts are clean including the one-ply white pickguard and uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs.

The Charcoal Burst gloss finish is exceedingly rare on a Stratocaster, retaining more of the prominent dark streaking on the back of the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to some minor dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish is clean and smooth on the neck profile length.

A well-padded Fender gigbag is included.