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1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 Vintage Reissue ST57-55 Sunburst w/ Case, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-55 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. 100% original save for an upgrading wiring harness with USA-made components, this early “Made in Japan” Stratocaster was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan, offered to the Japanese domestic market and uncommon outside its country of origin.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and a one-piece maple neck, and this guitar has a lively, spanky natural acoustic profile, 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 8lbs 1oz, 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders at the nut, gaining appreciably more heft and roundness further up the fretboard, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect, with just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the stock nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original set of Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and E-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt “Fender”-embossed neck plate, and the neck pocket retains the factory stamps. The neck heel is pencil dated to 3-30-89.

All of the electronic function as intended; the stock pickups are wired to an upgraded harness with modern USA-made 250K CTS pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The chrome-plated hardware still has plenty of shine, including the jack cup and bridge, with consistent patina on the saddles. The vibrato has a full-size block, actuating smoothly and jumping quickly back to original pitch. Plastics comprise the lightly aged knobs and the one-ply white pickguard.

The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish has a broad outer band of black, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor marks and an area of scuffing on the lower bout body edge, an area of buckle rash central to the waist and a few additional dings on the back, and some requisite faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

A form-fit black tolex hardshell case is included.