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1989 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue Electric Guitar ST57-55 Black, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue electric guitar in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early example produced by Fender Japan at the famed Fujigen factory and sold only within Japan, the ST57-55 model is an incredibly well-made instrument, with the attention to detail and precise fit and finish work that has made the early Fender Japan instruments sought after by studio players and serious collectors alike.

Tonally, this guitar easily channels the essence of the best '50s Strats, retaining its trio of original black bobbin alnico magnet single coil pickups. The guitar offers a chewy, chiming bridge position tone, with presence, power and sparkle as you toggle towards the neck pickup on the five-way switch. The "in-between" settings have that quintessential Strat quack, and the neck pickup has girth and warmth, while still having a balanced EQ curve and plenty of top end snap. 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The original slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar conforms to traditional specifications with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and nut width of 1.680" (just fractionally shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the guitar features the proper '50s-style logo and Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket have the original factory stamps, and the heel is pencil dated 5-22-89. The "Made in Japan" text and F-prefix serial number is present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original trio of black bobbin ST-Vintage single coils wired to a trio of full-size Japanese potentiometers which date to June of '89. All original hardware and plastic parts are present with chrome that still has plenty of shine and shows only light pitting, and there is uniform aging of the pickup covers and knobs. The vibrato responds smoothly with a full-size trem block and three springs, jumping back to the original pitch with ease.  Cosmetic wear includes pick scuffing across the guard, scattered nicks and scuffs on the body, particularly on the back and body perimeter, and a decent ding of note just south of the jack cup. The deeply ambered gloss finish on the neck shows just a few marks on the profile length that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.

A fitted burgundy faux leather gigbag is included.