Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Custom Edition Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57G-65 in excellent 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 blue-green gloss finish over the prominent grain of the solid ash body. A guitar only designed to be sold in the Japanese domestic market, this Strat is virtually unseen outside its country of origin.
Tonally, the ash and maple tonewood platform ensures a natural articulation and midrange complexity, translated faithfully through the trio of 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, and this is simply a very easy-playing and distinctive Strat, featherweight at 6lbs 8oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action, we've dialed in this Strat to play its best.
The maple neck has a medium C shape that fills the palm comfortably with rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets. The frets have plenty of height, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 8, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleany in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. 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 1-30-93, 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 a trio of alnico black bobbin single coils wired to full-size pots and an upgraded tone cap. The gold hardware has plenty of shine, with some surface patina largely localized on the bridge saddles. All of the original plastic parts are intact, and the transparent gloss finish highlights the grain of the ash body, appearing more blue or green depending on lighting conditions. The guitar shows a bit of isolated vertical finish checking on the back, with wear otherwise limited to some small marks on the lower bout and some minor finish chipping at the bass-side waist. The lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile shows natural palm wear down to the bare maple on the fretboard edges, and the profile is smooth and inviting to the palm.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.