Up for sale, a 1990 Fender STR-850LS Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in near mint, 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 have a silky smooth and snappy range of sounds in the neck and middle positions via the Silver Lace Sensors, yielding a fat '70s-style single coil response with increased output and midrange. The Lace Blue at the bridge is reminiscent of a '50s humbucker, dynamic with ample warmth and kick in a single coil configuration. 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 Series Strat weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 9-42 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile with modest shoulder and an effortless, fast feel in every register, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a player-friendly modern 9 1/2" radius, and original medium jumbo frets have plenty of meat and their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive, 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, and the neck heel and pocket have matching model stamps.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume and Tone controls and an active Mid Boost. A small circuit board powering the active circuit is neatly nestled beneath the pickguard, powered by a 9V battery, accessible from the back of the instrument. The solder joints are untouched, and the pots have visible date codes from 1990. 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 with some requisite scuffing on the pick path, lightly-aged knobs, and Lace Sensor covers with silkscreened text. The Sienna Sunburst gloss finish highlights the prominent grain of the ash body. This guitar is exceedingly well-kept, with hardly a mark save for just a couple small dings on the body edges. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.