Up for sale, a 1990 Fender STR-850LS Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in near mint condition and in perfect working order, with an upgraded trio of Seymour Duncan pickups. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this rare STR-850LS model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market. Tonewoods include a lightweight ash body finished in Sienna Sunburst, paired with a maple neck with slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard, and the guitar has a smooth, balanced natural acoustic tone that translates well through the upgraded Seymour Duncan single coil-sized humbuckers.
The neck position SL59-1N humbucker has a PAF-like response for big, full chords, and fat, punchy solos, with a slightly stronger treble emphasis for added articulation. In the middle position, the Duncan Hot Rails uses a strong ceramic magnet and overwound coils to deliver big-sounding, well-balanced humbucker tone. Cleans are fat and warm, and solos have a thick, fluid feel. The dual blade construction provides the ultimate string coverage, especially for notes that are bent on the highest frets. The Hot Rails bridge position model is a high output powerhouse with loads of midrange harmonics and an aggressive crunch. Chords are full and powerful, and single notes jump out with amazing sizzle. The guitar weighs 9lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with fast action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a modern 9.5" radius and pristine original medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm in width (just a hair over 1 5/8"), and the headstock is fitted with the original Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial number are present above the contoured four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls, with the third knob functioning as an active Mid Boost. The two-point vibrato has been upgraded with graphite saddles, complete with the original arm, actuating easily for deep divebombs or more subtle expressive work. Plastics include a replaced one-ply pickguard and original trio of lightly aged knobs. Stunningly clean, the Sienna Sunburst gloss highlights the grain of the ash body, with just a stray faint finish scratch or two in the clear coat of the gloss. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original faux-leather fitted gigbag is included.