Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Pro Feel Series Stratocaster model STR-1300LSR in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This exceedingly rare Strat was the crown jewel of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro Feel series of guitars made at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production and sold exclusively in Japan. It sports a bevy of top notch features including a trio of Lace Sensor pickups, a Floyd Rose-licensed double locking Ex-Trem tremolo, contoured neck heel, 12“ (305mm) fretboard radius, and a gloss Trans Red nitro lacquer finish on the heavily figured two-piece flame maple body.
The Lace Sensors have a particularly broad tonal range with Red, Silver, and Blue models coupled to a five-way switch. The Red Lace Sensor pickup in the bridge position is their highest output model, almost humbucker-like with a fat punch and bright, white-hot bite. The Silver Lace Sensor in the middle position yields a fat '70s-style single coil response with increased output and midrange, while the Lace Blue at the neck has a warm, round sound. 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, ensuring a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than traditional pickups. This Strat weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The 22-fret thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 12“ (305mm) radius, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the locking nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock retains the original set of gold Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The "Made in Japan" text and K-prefix serial are present above the contoured four-bolt neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment. The neck heel and pocket retain the factory STR-1300LSR model stamps denoting this guitar as the 1300 model tier (originally costing ¥130,000), making this easily one of the most expensive Fender Japan offerings of the era.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume, center detent Tone control and active Mid Boost. The center detent Tone knob provides a dramatic boost and cut, and a small circuit board for the active Mid Boost circuit is neatly nestled beneath the pickguard, powered by a 9V battery, accessible from the back of the instrument. Gold hardware includes the jack cup and Floyd Rose-licensed Ex-Trem tremolo system, which actuates smoothly and snaps back to pitch quickly from even the deepest of divebombs. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and three-ply black pickguard, with some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard.
The gloss Transparent Red nitro lacquer finish highlights the dimensional, broad figuring in the flame maple body. This is a notably well-kept Fender, with cosmetic wear limited to just a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth, lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
A faux leather padded gigbag is included.