Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-500 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, this “Made in Japan” Strat is uncommon outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, and the guitar has a clear natural acoustic tone that translates well through the original trio of staggered pole ST-Vintage alnico magnet single coils. This bridge is chewy and snappy, the neck pickup has girth and bell-like fullness, and the “in-between” positions on the five-way pickup selector switch deliver quintessential Strat quack. This guitar is lightweight at 7lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is practically perfect. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with gleaming nickel plating, and the “Made in Japan” text and J-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt, “Fender”-embossed neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated 4-18-91.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with full-size Japanese pots that date to January, 1991. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, and the vibrato actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch. Plastics comprise the one-ply pickguard, the trio of knobs, and the gently aged trio of pickup covers.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a bit of scuffing on the lower bout perimeter, finish checking at the edge of the neck pocket, and just a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow nicks along the profile length.
A modern Fender-branded padded gigbag is included.