Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Deluxe Stratocaster Plus in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell case and every original hangtag and piece of case candy. First released in 1989, the Deluxe Strat Plus was designed as a modern upgrade to the classic Strat platform, loaded with forward-thinking componentry and player-friendly features including a satin-finished neck with a 9 1/2" radius 22 fret fingerboard with medium jumbo fretwire, locking tuners, two-point vibrato with Hipshot Tremsetter, and a trio of Lace Sensor pickups. This particular Deluxe Strat Plus sports a gloss Blue Burst finish and is remarkably well-kept, down to the sticker over the vibrato arm insert; if it was played, it wasn’t played much.
The tonewood complement includes an alder body with ash veneers on top and back and a maple neck, yielding a lively, balanced acoustic response translated via the trio of Lace Sensor pickups. The Red Lace Sensor pickup at the bridge is their highest output model, almost humbucker-like with a fat punch and bright, white-hot bite. The Silver Lace Sensor in the middle position yields a fat '70s-style single coil response with increased output and midrange, while the Lace Blue at the neck has a warm, round sound. As with all Lace products, these pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, giving the player a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than traditional pickups. This Strat weighs 9lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a fast-feeling slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The 22-fret fretboard has a modern 9 1/2“ radius, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The Wilkinson Roller nut measures 1 11/16” in width, ensuring minimal friction and increased break angle. On the headstock, the satin-finished locking Schaller tuning machines turn smoothly and provide superior tuning stability. The four-bolt neck plate has a micro-tilt adjustment, and the neck heel is dated to Jan 08, 1990.
All of the electronics function as intended; the trio of Lace Sensor pickups are governed by a five-way selector switch, with Volume, Tone and TBX Tone controls. The TBX control is a stacked pot and center detent design, functioning like a normal Tone knob from 1-5, and providing a treble/bass boost for added richness from 5-10. The bridge pickup in the guitar is an era-correct substitution, and the original Lace Sensor Red pickup is included as well (non-functional). The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, and this guitar is well-kept to the point that the sticker covering the vibrato arm insert is still present. The vibrato itself is Fender's modern Schaller-made two-point design with block saddles, and the stock Hipshot Tremsetter greatly improves vibrato performance by returning the floating tremolo to an exact “zero” neutral position. Plastics comprise the trio of knobs and the notably clean three-ply white pickguard.
The gloss Blue Burst finish highlights the dynamic grain of the ash top and back, and there's barely a scratch on the instrument. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is similarly pristine.
The original Fender-branded molded hardshell case is included, along with all hangtags, factory paperwork, and case candy. The factory inspection tag is dated to 1-24-90.