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1998 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-58US Black w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-58US in perfect working order, complete with the original factory installed Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups and a fully upgraded wiring harness. Crafted in Japan, this guitar was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin.

The basswood body is paired with a one-piece maple neck, ensuring a balanced, snappy acoustic tone, and the factory-installed Fender USA pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered leads. Via the five-way switch, these Fender single coils have a sparkling treble cut, tight bass, and a dynamic, clear quality, well-suited for chiming cleans and overdriven sizzle. This Strat weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a round, chunky '50s C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. On the gloss-finished 7 1/4" radius maple fretboard, the original slender frets are practically perfect with well-rounded crowns, and the guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and O-prefix serial number is present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the USA-made Fender 57/62 pickups are cleanly wired to a fully upgraded harness with a USA-made five-way switch, CTS 250k pots, a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap, and a treble bleed mod on the Volume control so that treble frequencies stay clear and present as you roll down the knob. The pickups are an incredible value and feature all of the hallmarks of vintage Fender design, with black fiber bobbins, staggered un-beveled alnico magnets, and cloth-covered leads. 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 on the bridge base and jack cup, and there is notable patina across the bridge saddles (all screws still adjust as intended). All original plastics are quite clean, with sparingly little aging of the pickup covers and knobs and some requisite pick scuffing across the single-ply guard. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some small scattered dings across the body, largely concentrated on the back and lower bout body edge, while the neck retains its smooth ambered gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.