Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Order Made Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Based on a '57 Stratocaster platform, the distinctive Order Made element of this particular Stratocaster is its scalloped fretboard. Similar in its stylings to the Yngwie Malmsteen models offered in the early years of Made in Japan production, this Strat has been upgraded with a trio of single coil-sized Seymour Duncan Hot Rails humbuckers and a wiring harness with new USA-made components.
This rare, non-catalog “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production. Tonewoods include a basswood body and a one-piece scalloped maple neck, offering a balanced, clear natural acoustic profile for the hot humbuckers. The USA-made Seymour Duncan pickups feature ceramic magnet construction, and the overwound coils deliver bold humbucker tones; cleans are fat and warm, solos have a thick, fluid feel, and these pickups take gain notably well with loads of midrange harmonics and an aggressive crunch for chording. This Strat weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The fretboard is factory scalloped, with finger wear through the gloss down to the bare maple across much of the board. The stock slender fretwire has been leveled and crowned, showing no wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, a set of brand-new Kluson Deluxe single line tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the “Made in Japan” text and I-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel and pocket retain the “Order Made” stamps with matching order numbers.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickups wired to an upgraded harness with 500K USA-made CTS pots. Controls include a three-way pickup selector and Volume/Tone/Tone knobs. Hardware comprises a chrome-plated jack cup and vintage-style bridge which shines like new, and plastics have been replaced, with a three-ply parchment pickguard, and black knobs to match the pickup covers and tremolo arm.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Candy Apple Red finish includes a pair of chips on the treble-side lower bout, a number of minor dings on the body as a whole and a light area of buckle rash on the back central to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, highlighting subtle birdseye figuring in the maple, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.