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1990 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 Vintage Reissue ST57-500 Sunburst, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-500 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a tweed padded Fender gigbag. Produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of "Made in Japan" output and marketed to the Japanese domestic market, this Strat is uncommon outside its country of origin.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, and the guitar has a clear, cutting natural acoustic tone that translates well through the original trio of staggered pole alnico magnet single coils. The guitar offers a chewy, chiming bridge position tone, with presence, power and sparkle when toggling towards the neck pickup on the five-way switch. The "in-between" settings have that quintessential Strat quack, and the neck pickup has girth and warmth, while still delivering plenty of top end snap. This guitar weighs 7lbs 12oz, 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 modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with full, inviting shoulders a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius, rolled fretboard edges and flawless slender fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. On the headstock, the guitar features the proper '50s-style logo and Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the small “50” sticker, denoting the model tier and price of ¥50,000. The “Made in Japan” text and I-prefix serial number are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original trio of black bobbin ST-Vintage single coils wired to a set of upgraded full-size Alpha pots. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, with even patina across the bridge saddles. The vibrato responds smoothly with a full-size trem block, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. Original plastics include the one-ply pickguard and lightly yellowed pickup covers and knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a handful of minor dings along the lower bout body edge and on the back, as well as a number of faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with light palm wear on the bass-side shoulder from frets 6-7.

A Fender-branded padded tweed gigbag is included.