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1995 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-53 Olympic White, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-53 in excellent, 100% original condition 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 tone thanks to the one-piece maple neck and basswood body, and the ceramic magnet pickups have more punch and power than the typical alnico design, sounding distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. If you're looking to deliver plenty of Strat power and sparkle, it's hard to beat this particular pickup complement. Featherweight at 6lbs 11oz, 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 and ideal heft, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features dot inlay and original slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.653") 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 N-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the ceramic magnet pickups are cleanly wired to the stock Japanese harness and five-way pickup selector switch. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, and the plastic parts are quite clean, save for some light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, with uniformly aged knobs and switch tip. The Olympic White gloss finish has gracefully yellowed, with finish checking at the corners of the neck pocket and between the neck plate and tremolo cavity cover. There are some concentrated dings on the lower bout body edge, one finish chip on the inside edge of the treble-side cutaway, and a few additional minor marks on the body perimeter and behind the bridge on top. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss on the profile.

 The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.