Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster "Order Made" in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This collector-grade Stratocaster was made during the golden age of Fender Japan production at the Fujigen factory, and the Order Made program represented a sort of custom shop with non-catalog finish and component options. This particular Stratocaster features a Walnut satin nitro lacquer finish over an ash body, with a slender '60s-style maple neck capped with a thick slab rosewood fretboard. Via the original trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups and five-way pickup selector switch, the guitar offers plenty of sparkling cut in the bridge position and throaty, bell-like chime at the neck, with the inherent underlying midrange complexity and note definition of ash as a tonewood. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register and more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick cut of this tonewood with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and lightly rolled edges for added comfort. The original slender fretwire is flawless, and the guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.670" in width (fractionally shy of 1 11/16"). The headstock features a Pre-CBS-style "spaghetti" Fender logo, with Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket feature matching "Order Made" stamps, and the "Made in Japan" text and L-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch and traditional Volume/Tone/Tone Stratocaster control array. The solder joints are untouched, and the full-size Japanese pots date to July of 1991. The original hardware includes the jack cup and vibrato unit, which shows patina across the Fender-embossed saddles, and plastics include the three-ply black pickguard and tremolo cavity cover, both of which show some minor scuffing. The genuine nitro lacquer satin Walnut finish is a true rarity, and the same finish used on Fender Japan's top tier Rosewood Telecasters of the era. The body finish has barely a scratch on it, and the neck profile is equally flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.