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1989 Fender Stratocaster ST650-SPL Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Fender USA Hardware, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster model ST650-SPL in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early and rare Fender Japan model made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and made at the Fujigen factory, the ST650-SPL was only offered from 1988-89, largely mirroring the specs of Fender’s American Standard model with identical hardware and tonewoods.

Featuring an alder body and maple neck capped with a 22 fret maple fingerboard, this Strat has a snappy, lively acoustic profile. The trio of ST-Current ceramic magnet single coils have more punch and power than the typical alnico design, sounding distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. If you're looking to deliver plenty of Strat power and sparkle, this particular pickup complement gets the job done. Weighing 7lbs 9oz, this Fender has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825” at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The 22 fret slab maple fretboard has a modern 9 1/2” radius, retaining the original medium-size frets which have plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm (1.675”) in width. The small, pre-CBS-style headstock displays a transition logo and the original Schaller-built, Fender-stamped tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel pocket retains the factory markings, and the “Made in Japan” stamp and G-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate with micro tilt adjustment. Even the small “65” sticker denoting the 65,000 sale price when sold new is present on the back of the headstock.

All of the electronics work as intended, with the trio of ST-Current pickups wired to original Japanese pots (dated to January, 1989), governed by the five-way pickup selector switch and Volume/Tone/Tone control array. The factory “swimming pool” body route is particularly versatile for other pickup complements too. The two-point Fender American Standard vibrato  has bright chrome plating, steel saddles, and the original arm. Plastics include the three-ply white pickguard, accented by a trio of cream knobs and pickup covers.

The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish shows some minor dings and finish scratches on the body, mostly relegated to the back, along with a small area of faint buckle rash central to the waist. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean save for a few minor marks on the profile carve.

A padded gigbag is included, along with the Japanese warranty card.