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1991 Fender '54 Stratocaster ST54-900 Sunburst Lacquer w/ American Vintage Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen ST54-115


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 vintage reissue model ST54-900 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This early, top-tiered “Made in Japan” Strat was produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, uncommon outside its country of origin. With premium features throughout mirroring Fender's American Vintage line, the ST54-900 features a nitro lacquer gloss finish, American Vintage 57/62 black bobbin pickups, a USA-made writing harness with CTS pots, steel tremolo block, and a soft V-shaped neck profile carve. And while the ST54-900 made its first catalog appearance in '90, supplanting the ST54-115 model, the specs between these two ST54 models are ostensibly identical.

Tonewoods include an alder body and a one-piece maple neck, providing a balanced, clear acoustic profile channeled faithfully via the pickup complement. The Fender USA black bobbin single coils (the same pickups seen in the American Vintage line and early USA Custom Shop Strats) feature staggered alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads; they’re lively, sparkling, and dynamic, and the sound is distinct and vital in every position on the three-way pickup selector switch. The bridge pickup has bite and bounce, with a woody, percussive middle pickup, and round, bell-like chime at the neck. This Strat weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Substantial soft V, measuring .875” 1st fret, .965” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple, 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius
-Frets: Slender, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh
-Serialization: “Made in Japan”, J-prefix, 2/5/91 pencil date on neck heel

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS 250k pots date to 1st week of 1991
-Controls: Volume, Tone x2, three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Vintage-style vibrato with steel block, original arm
-Plastics: One-ply parchment pickguard, lightly yellowed knobs

The ST54-900 model is finished in genuine nitro lacquer (unlike the poly finishes used on the vast majority of Fender Japan production) and wear on the two-tone Sunburst gloss is limited to a handful of minor dings along the lower bout perimeter and on top, with one more prominent ding/chip on the back central to the lower bout. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.