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1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 Vintage Reissue ST57-55 Sunburst 100% Original, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-55 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, uncommon outside its country of origin.  

Tonewoods include a basswood body and a one-piece maple neck, and this guitar has a smooth, balanced natural acoustic quality, faithfully captured by the stock trio of staggered pole alnico magnet single coil pickups. These pickups deliver a bevy of classic Strat tonalities; the bridge pickup has a sparkling cut, the neck pickup has a throaty fullness while remaining articulate, and there's a distinctive hollow quack at the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, 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 round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire benefits from a level and crown, showing sparingly little wear. There’s also some finger wear through the fretboard gloss largely from frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the F-prefix serial and “Made in Japan” text are present above the four-bolt “Fender”-embossed neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated 7-21-89.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints and original full-size Japanese pots that date to July, 1989. The chrome-plated jack cup and bridge base still have plenty of shine, with uniform patina on the “Fender”-embossed saddles. The vibrato actuates smoothly, complete with the original arm. Plastics comprise the uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs, as well as the one-ply white pickguard.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a handful of minor dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter and on the back, with just a scant few marks on the bass side of the top. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

A modern Fender-branded padded gigbag is included.