Up for sale, a 1990 Fender STR-850LS Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Sienna Sunburst gloss finish. 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.
Featuring an ash body, maple neck, slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard, and trio of USA-made Lace Sensor pickups, this Strat offers a sophisticated blend of classic and modern details. The pickups offer a silky smooth and snappy range of sounds, with Silver Lace Sensors in the neck and middle positions, yielding a fat '70s-style single coil response with increased output and midrange, while the Lace Gold at the bridge is Lace's original design with a well-rounded classic bell tone. 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 Pro-Feel series Strat weighs 8lbs, 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 with modest shoulder and an effortless, fast feel in every register, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a jet black cut of this particular tonewood featuring a player-friendly modern 9 1/2" radius and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and their full factory height, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays well up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted truss rod, and the neck heel is contoured for unprecedented access to the highest frets. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1.675" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock is fitted with the original Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume, and active Bass and Treble knobs that affect all three pickups. A small circuit board powering the active EQ is neatly nestled beneath the pickguard, powered by a 9V battery, accessible from the back of the instrument. The chrome-plated hardware is nice and bright, with bent steel saddles and a two-point vibrato that actuates smoothly with the original arm. Plastics include a one-ply pickguard, bright white knobs, and Lace Sensor covers with clean silkscreened text. The Sienna Sunburst gloss highlights the prominent grain of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to a bit of light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, a touch of checking in the gloss at the edge of the neck pocket, and a few minor marks on the back lower bout body edge. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.