Up for sale, a 1991 Fender STR-850LS Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a Blueberry Sunburst custom color finish. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this rare STR-850LS model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market.
Featuring an ash body, maple neck, slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard, and trio of USA-made Lace Sensor pickups, this Strat offers a sophisticated blend of classic and modern details. The pickups offer a silky smooth and snappy range of sounds, with Silver Lace Sensors in the neck and middle positions, yielding a fat '70s-style single coil response with increased output and midrange, while the Lace Blue at the bridge is a slightly hotter design with sparkle and cut. As with all Lace products, these pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, giving the player a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than traditional pickups. This Pro-Feel series Strat weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with fast action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile with good shoulder and an effortless, fast feel in every register, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a player-friendly 9 1/2" radius and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and their full factory height, showing only light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod, and the neck heel is contoured for unprecedented access to the highest frets. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock is fitted with the original Gotoh tuning machines, and the back of the headstock retains the original dealer sticker and round "85" sticker, denoting a 85,000 yen price when sold new 30 years ago. The "Made in Japan" text and J-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 Strat control array. The electronics originally had a small circuit board under the guard and a mid boost option, and this extra circuitry has been removed. The chrome-plated hardware is nice and bright, with bent steel saddles and a two-point vibrato that actuates smoothly with the original arm. Plastics include a one-ply pickguard, uniformly aged knobs, and Lace Sensor covers with clean silkscreened text. The Blueberry Sunburst gloss has aged to an almost monochromatic Trans Black appearance, highlighting the prominent grain of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to some light scuffs and marks on the body. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish with light figuring in the maple.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.