Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster "Order Made" in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. This stunningly well-kept 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 gold hardware throughout with a Walnut satin nitro lacquer finish over an ash body, and a flame 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 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The figured flame maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and flawless slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"), carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features a Pre-CBS-style "spaghetti" Fender logo, with Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Order Made" stamp is intact in the neck pocket along with a number of additional factory markings including matching order numbers on the heel and in the pocket. The "Made in Japan" text and K-prefix serial are present 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 September of 1991. The gold hardware is bright and clean with just a touch of patina, and the vibrato actuates easily, complete with the original arm. All original plastics are present and near-mint, and the three-ply black pickguard shows some requisite light pick scuffing.
The genuine nitro lacquer satin Walnut finish is a true rarity, highlighting the particularly dynamic grain of the ash body, and the same finish used on Fender Japan's top tier Rosewood Telecasters of the era. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few small dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The flame maple neck has a nigh-flawless satin gloss, with one tiny finish chip on the treble side of the carve behind fret 2, nearly imperceptible to the palm while fretting.
The original Fender-branded gigbag and manual are included.