Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-900 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This early, top-tiered “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, uncommon outside its country of origin. With premium features throughout, mirroring Fender's American Vintage line, the ST57-900 features a nitro lacquer gloss finish, American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups, a USA-made writing harness with CTS pots, and a steel tremolo block.
Tonewoods include an alder body and a one-piece maple neck, providing a balanced, clear acoustic profile channeled faithfully via the pickup complement. The Fender USA black bobbin single coils (the same pickups seen in the American Vintage line and early USA Custom Shop Strats) feature staggered alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads; they’re lively, sparkling, and dynamic, and the sound is distinct and vital in every position on the three-way pickup selector switch. The bridge pickup has bite and bounce, with a woody, percussive middle pickup, and a gutsy bell-like chime at the neck. This Strat weighs 7lbs 8oz, 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 at the nut with good shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gently increasing in overall heft in the upper registers, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire benefits from a level and crown, only exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of 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 nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the nickel-plated Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and F-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated 7-22-89, and the pocket retains the model stamp.
All of the electronics function as intended; the American Vintage 57/62 pickups are wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads, untouched solder joints, and USA-made CTS pots that date to the 17th week of ‘87. Plastics include lightly aged pickup covers and knobs, and a one-ply white pickguard. The vibrato has the same steel block as its USA-made compatriots, complete with its stock arm.
Cosmetic wear on the two-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish includes some finish chips and dings clustered along the lower bout body perimeter, a targeted area of buckle rash on the back, and a handful of tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, highlighting subtle figuring in the maple.
A gigbag is included.