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1989 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-65 Black w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-65, honestly played and 100% original save for an upgraded set of locking tuners. An early Fender Japan domestic market instrument faithfully replicating the look and feel of a golden age 1950s Fender Strat, this guitar was crafted at the famed Fujigen factory.

Accurate to vintage spec and an upscale model sold only within Japan, this Strat has a resonant alder body and one-piece maple neck, with a sparkling, lively acoustic tone with plenty of natural snap and clarity which translates well through the original pickups. The guitar is fitted with its original complement of USA Fender 57/62 pickups with unbeveled, staggered alnico magnets, black bobbin flatwork, and push back cloth-covered leads. These are the same single coils used in Fender's American Vintage models of the same era, and coupled to the original three-way pickup selector switch, the bridge pickup is sparkling and chewy, 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 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The original slender frets show moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4, with wear growing fainter and extending until the octave. Some of the fretboard gloss has also been worn through from frets 12-21. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale length, and 42mm nut width (1.650"). On the correct '50s-shaped headstock, the upgraded Kluson-style locking tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is pencil dated 6-23-89, and above the Fender-embossed four bolt neck plate, the E-prefix serial number and "Made in Japan" text is present.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the original trio of Fender 57/62 Stratocaster pickups, the same single coils used on the American Vintage series instruments. The original full-size Japanese pots date to July of 1989, and both the underside of the pickguard and the body cavities have been cleanly shielded for the best possible signal to noise ratio. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with uniform aging of the pickup covers and knobs, and the chrome-plated bridge base and jack cup are notably clean, while the bridge saddles have uniform surface patina. The full-size trem block offers optimal sustain, and the vibrato engages easily with its original arm.

The gloss Black finish shows some minor dings and finish scratches across the back and on the body perimeter, with one line of finish checking on top just below the input jack. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss on the profile, with just a couple shallow marks central to the carve behind fret 9.

A form-fit black faux leather gigbag is included.