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1992 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-53 Sunburst w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1992 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-53, upgraded with USA-made Fender pickups and in perfect working order. Made in Japan at the Fujigen factory, this guitar was offered exclusively in the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin. The guitar has a lively, clear natural sound, and tonewoods include a one-piece maple neck and solid basswood body. The trio of American Standard Fender single coils have plenty of snap and sparkle, with a distinctive sound and great percussive cut in every position on the five-way switch. Weighing 7lbs 7oz, we've had this Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features dot inlay and original slender frets which have good height and meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9 and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width, and the headstock features a traditional small Pre-CBS Strat shape with Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines that have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and M-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated just like a Fender from the 1950s, reading 10-24-92.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Fender American Standard pickup set is cleanly wired to the stock Japanese harness with an upgraded Sprague Orange Drop tone capacitor and five-way pickup selector switch. The vibrato is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine on the bridge base, with patina across the bridge saddles and pickup pole pieces. All original plastics are clean and intact, with some greening of the text on the Tone knobs and light pick scuffing on the treble side of the one-ply pickguard.

The two-tone Sunburst gloss finish shows some dings on the body perimeter and to a lesser extent on the lower bout on top, with some scratches on the back treble-side lower bout. The smooth ambered gloss on profile has a couple small spots of light wear on the fingerboard, and a small, very shallow chip through the gloss on the bass-side shoulder of the carve behind fret 12 that doesn’t affect playability in the slightest.

A gigbag is included.