Up for sale, a 2003 Fender Stratocaster Blue Flower model ST57-85 BFL in exceptional, 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 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. There’s plenty of power and sparkle on tap, with quintessential Strat quack at the “in-between” positions on the five-way switch. Weighing 8lbs 7oz, 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 one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in all registers, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and flawless original slender frets which retain their full factory height, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and responsive, well-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" text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All the electronics work as they should, with the pickups wired to the stock harness, governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and standard Volume/Tone/Tone control array. 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-plated bridge base and jack cup have plenty of shine, with a light dusting of surface patina on the saddles. Plastics include the Blue Flower pickguard and original trio of knobs, which are uniformly aged.
The Blue Flower finish has a decidedly ‘60s-style look, with a subtle metallic sheen from the foil material below the gloss clear coat. There is subtle greening of the clear coat on top, while the back retains a truer blue hue. Cosmetic wear includes a handful of minor dings on the body perimeter, largely concentrated along the bass side, and a scant few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.
A gigbag is included.