Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-70TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with an SKB hardshell case. Crafted in Japan, this guitar was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. Tonewoods include an alder body and one-piece maple neck, yielding a resonant and snappy acoustic tone which translates faithfully through the factory-installed Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups. These USA-made pickups match vintage spec with staggered alnico magnets, black fiber bobbins, and cloth-covered leads, delivering a clear and chiming sound with great midrange chirp, tight bass, and a slightly aggressive overwound snap. Weighing 7lbs 12oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Strat is strung with fresh 10-46 strings and dialed in for low action.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a vintage spec 7 1/4” radius and the original slender fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, with light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending faintly beneath the G string to fret 9, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, the neck is straight, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures 42mm in width (a hair wider than 1 5/8"). 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 are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the USA-made Fender Texas Special pickups are cleanly wired to the stock Japanese harness and five-way pickup selector switch. The vibrato has a large diecast 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 plating on the hardware has ample shine with just a hint of surface patina, and plastics include bright white pickup covers, lightly aged knobs, and a one-ply white pickguard with light pick scuffing favoring the treble side of the guard. Cosmetic wear is limited to light marks and finish chips mostly relegated to the lower bout body edge. The neck profile retains its clean ambered gloss finish.
An SKB hardshell case is included. The case has functional latches and the original handle, with some scuffs and sticker wear on the exterior.