Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Stratocaster Blue Flower model ST57-85 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A short run model only offered from 2002-2003, this Stratocaster is built on the platform of a '57 reissue model, yet with the iconic Blue Flower foil paper pattern beneath the gloss clear coat synonymous with its original release at the tail end of the 1960s. Crafted in Japan, this Strat is extremely well-made featuring a basswood body and one-piece maple neck.
The original ceramic magnet single coil 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. Weighing 8lbs 8oz, 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and round shoulders in every register, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, with dot inlay and original slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12, with wear heavily favoring the fretwire beneath the B string. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42mm (1.650") 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 "Crafted in Japan" script text and Q-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 full-size zinc block, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The chrome hardware has bright chrome plating on the bridge base and jack cup, with patina across the bridge saddles. Plastics include uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs and a matching Blue Flower pickguard.
The Blue Flower gloss finish shows some localized finish scuffing in the clear coat on the bass side lower bout on the back, and just a couple additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless save for a tiny finish chip on the treble-side fretboard edge at the 12th fret.
The original Fender-branded padded gigbag is included.