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1991 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-50 Black, Near Mint & 100% Original, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A stunningly clean early Fender Japan model made at the famed Fujigen factory, this guitar matches '50s spec with a gloss-finished maple fingerboard, pencil-dated neck heel, single-ply pickguard, and trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups. Sold only within Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Strat (model ST57-50) has a resonant basswood body and chiming, clear quality that translates well through the stock pickups. Via the five-way selector switch, the bridge pickup is twangy and cutting without being too strident, while the neck pickup has ideal fullness and bell-like top end, with every shade of single coil Strat sound covered in-between. The guitar weighs 7lbs 4oz, dialed in with low action and 10-46 strings by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The original slender frets are flawless with their full factory height, playing cleanly in every register. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specs with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 25 1/2" scale, and stock nut that measures 42mm in width (a hair wider than 1 5/8"). On the '50s shaped headstock, the original Kluson-style tuners are intact and turn smoothly. The "Made in Japan" text and K-prefix serial number are intact above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated just like a genuine '50s Fender, reading 8-23-91, and the factory ST57 stamps are present in the pocket and on the heel.

All of the electronics work as intended and the solder joints are untouched, with full-size pots that date to July of '91. The chrome plating on the hardware shows just a touch of surface patina on the bridge and jack cup, and the vibrato unit also has a full-size trem block for optimal sustain, actuating easily with the original arm. The plastics are near mint, with light, uniform aging of the pickup covers. The Black finish is positively stunning in its preservation with sparingly little wear save for one shallow ding at the treble side waist on the back and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The neck profile gloss is flawless and lightly ambered.

A Fender-branded gigbag is included.