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2002 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-70TX Sunburst, Japan CIJ w/ USA Pickups


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Stratocaster '57 vintage reissue model ST57-70TX in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups. Crafted in Japan, this guitar was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. The guitar weighs 7lbs 12oz with an alder body and resonant and snappy acoustic tone, and the factory-installed Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins and cloth-covered wire. These clear and chiming Fender single coils have great midrange chirp, tight bass, and a slightly aggressive overwound snap. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 10-46 strings, this Strat is ready for stage and studio use.

The maple neck has a slender, rounded C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The gloss-finished maple fingerboard features flawless original slender frets, and the guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The guitar adheres to vintage Fender spec with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius on the 25 1/2" scale, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well.

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. These 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 shows light patina, and the plastic parts are quite clean with light pick scuffing favoring the treble side of the single-ply guard. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few light marks mostly relegated to the bass side lower bout. The smooth ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.

A gigbag is included.