Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Stratocaster '54 vintage reissue in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early "Made in Japan" reissue of the Stratocaster's first year of production, this guitar was made in the famed Fujigen factory, known for its quality craftsmanship and adherence to vintage specifications. A rare, high-tiered reissue, this guitar features a solid alder body, V neck profile carve, flawless original fretwire, and trio of factory-installed Fender USA black bobbin 57/62 single coils. The traditional tonewood pairing of an alder body and maple neck offers a balanced acoustic quality with great percussive clarity, properties that translate well through the pickups. Identical to the pickups offered in Fender's early Corona, CA-made American Vintage series instruments, these 57/62 black bobbin pickups feature staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets, delivering ample sparkle and snap. Via the stock three-way pickup selector switch, there's a distinctive quack and thinned-out cut in the "in between" settings, and a bold bell-like chime with the neck pickup selected. This Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, 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 medium depth soft V profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original flawless slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive, and notes ring out clearly in every register. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has features which reflect the '54 reissue model, including the round string tree, spaghetti logo, and Kluson-style tuning machines.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to September of 1990, matching closely with the J-prefix serial number present just above the four-bolt neck plate. The vibrato works smoothly with a full size block that adds to the resonance and sustain of the instrument. Cosmetically, this is an extremely clean upscale example with sparingly aged plastic parts and only light patina on hardware. The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish shows only a couple scuffs central to the back and a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole, while the lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
A vintage black faux leather form-fit gigbag is included.