Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-55L in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, this model was meant for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, yielding a bright, smooth natural acoustic tone faithfully captured by the stock trio of ST-Vintage alnico magnet single coil pickups. The bridge pickup has a chewy, snappy tone, with rounder, bell-like chime in the neck position and plenty of classic hollow Strat quack at the “in-between” positions. This Strat weighs 8lbs 8oz, 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 C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and the fretboard has been stripped of its gloss finish for a smooth feel, retaining the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape with well-rounded crowns, showing only a hint of wear beneath the G string on frets 2-4. This Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The modern hand-carved bone nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width, and the headstock sports the correct ‘50s-style logo with Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel is pencil dated 7-25-89, with matching model stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket. The F-prefix serial number and “Made in Japan” text are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the pickups wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints and original full-size Japanese pots dated to April, 1988. Hardware includes a brand new Fender vibrato assembly with full-size trem block, and original plastics comprise the one-ply pickguard and uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some small dings on the body as a whole, largely concentrated on the lower bout body edge, behind the bridge on top, and on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.