Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster model STS-550, 100% original and in perfect working order. A very rare model only offered in the early years of Fender Japan production at the famed Fujigen factory, the STS-550 is a "short scale" model with a 22 fret slab rosewood fretboard and 24" scale length. Loaded with the original trio of Fender Japan Hotrod-5S single coils, this Strat delivers plenty of chime and snap. The neck position has a sweet, bell-like chime, while the bridge position is clear and sparkling. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz with a poplar body, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has an extremely slender C-shaped profile carve with slight shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .810" at the 12th. The 22 fret slab rosewood fingerboard retains the original slender fretwire which shows only faint wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial number are present above the contoured four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
The electronics all function as intended with untouched solder joints, a five-way pickup selector switch and a simple Master Volume and Tone control layout. The original full-size pots date to February of 1991. The chrome hardware is nice and bright, and the guitar features a two-point modern-style vibrato with a quick, fluid response. All original plastics are intact, with uniformly aged pickup covers and lighter aging on the knobs.
The Olympic White gloss finish exhibits many finish dings and chips clustered on the treble-side lower bout body edge and some additional dings and scuffs on the body as a whole, largely on the back and body perimeter. There is pick scuffing across the strum path, extending beyond the pickguard to the bass-side waist, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with just a few shallow marks central to the carve along its length.
A gigbag is included.