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1993 Fender Custom Edition '57 Stratocaster ST57G-65 Charcoal Green w/ Gold Hardware, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Custom Edition Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57G-65 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare, early Fender Japan Stratocaster produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of "Made in Japan" output, this Strat is visually stunning with a full complement of gold hardware and a transparent Charcoal Green gloss finish over the prominent grain of the American Basswood body. A guitar only designed to be sold in the Japanese domestic market, this Strat is virtually unseen outside its country of origin.

This Strat has a balanced, lively natural acoustic quality which is translated faithfully through the trio of original alnico magnet single coils. The bridge position has a sparkly, authoritative zing, the middle position single coil is a great choice for smooth strumming with a nice percussive clarity, and the neck position is throaty and warm while still having a crystalline snap in the top end. The five-way pickup selector switch also offers easy access to the signature Strat quack in the 2 and 4 positions. This Strat weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and full shoulders in every register, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets which show only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleany in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the headstock features a set of stock gold Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and work as they should. On the neck heel, the original pencil date reads 4-7-93, matching the N-prefix serial number beneath the "Made in Japan" text. The ST57G-65 model stamp is also present in the neck pocket.

The electronics feature untouched solder joints with a trio of alnico black bobbin single coils wired to full-size pots that date to March of 1993. The gold hardware has clean plating on the bridge and tuners, while the vibrato arm exhibits some patina. All of the original plastic parts are intact, with light yellowing of the pickup covers and knobs.

The Charcoal Green finish has the distinctive "toasted" appearance that highlights the incredibly dynamic grain of the body wood, and cosmetic wear is limited to a couple dings on top and at the edge of the belly carve, with only a few additional minor nicks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is extremely clean and smooth.

The original Fender manual is included, along with an unbranded gigbag.