Up for sale, a 1992 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 vintage reissue model ST54-75RV in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a molded hardshell case. Crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production, this Stratocaster is an extremely rare limited run model offered under the short-lived Custom Edition banner (which itself was an extension of the ExTrad branding). A premium spin on the 1954 Stratocaster platform, the ST54-75RV features black bobbin Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups and a nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst gloss finish.
The ST54-75RV sports an ash body and a one-piece maple neck, with a dynamic and bold acoustic response, and this tonewood complement results in ample immediacy, midrange complexity and detailed note attack, faithfully captured by the stock pickup complement. The American Vintage 57/62 pickups are faithful to vintage spec with black fiber bobbins, cloth-covered leads, and staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets. Each position on the three-way pickup selector switch is vital and distinct; the bridge is sparkling, and the neck has a throaty, bell-like roundness, and toggling the switch to the "in-between" positions results in a quintessential Strat quack. Featherweight at 7lbs 3oz, this ST54-75RV has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a substantial soft V-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and ideal heft, measuring .925” deep at the 1st fret and .985” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect. This Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock has a round string tree and “spaghetti” logo, and the stock set of Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the small “Custom Edition” decal, the “Made in Japan” text and M-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel and pocket retain matching model stamps.
All of the electronics function as intended; the factory-installed Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups are wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads and full-size Japanese pots that date to June, 1992. The chrome-plated jack cup and bridge base have plenty of shine, with a light dusting of patina on the “Fender”-embossed saddles. The vibrato actuates easily and bounces quickly back to pitch from surfy warbles and deeper dives. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the one-ply white pickguard, all of which are notably well-kept.
The gloss two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish highlights the tight, uniform grain in the ash body and the guitar is remarkably well-kept, with just a handful of tiny dings on the lower bout perimeter and on the top behind the bridge. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
A Fender-branded modern molded hardshell case is included.