Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 vintage reissue model ST54-75RV in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case and hangtags. Crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production, this Stratocaster is a 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 Vintage Natural gloss finish.
The ST54-75RV sports an ash body and a one-piece maple neck, with a dynamic and bold acoustic response, offering the immediacy, midrange complexity and detailed note attack of its tonewoods. The American Vintage 57/62 pickups are faithful to vintage spec with black bobbin flatwork, cloth-covered leads, and staggered, unbeveled alnico magnets. Each position on the five-way pickup selector switch is vital and distinct; the bridge is sparkling, and the neck has a throaty, bell-like roundness, and the "in-between" switch settings have a scooped cut. This Strat weighs 8lbs 6oz, 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 .910” 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 has been leveled and crowned, showing no wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. A replacement bone nut measures 1.675” (42.5mm) 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 O-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 January, 1993. The chrome-plated jack cup and bridge base have plenty of shine, with patina across 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 yellowed knobs and the one-ply white pickguard.
The gloss Vintage Natural nitro lacquer finish highlights the broad grain in the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings and finish scuffs in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with some chipping through the finish on the fretboard edges, primarily from frets 9-12. The surrounding finish is stable and smooth, not distracting in the slightest while fretting.
The original tweed hardshell case is included, along with the hangtags.