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2003 Fender Stratocaster Blue Flower ST57-85 BFL Near-Mint, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2003 Fender Stratocaster Blue Flower model ST57-85 BFL in near-mint, 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.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .830” 1st fret, .920” 12th fret
-Fretboard: 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius
-Frets: Slender, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh
-Serialization: “Crafted in Japan”, Q-prefix

Body Specs:

-Wood: Basswood
-Pickups: ST-Single ceramic magnet single coils
-Controls: Volume, Tone x2, five-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Vintage-style vibrato w/ arm, jack cup
-Plastics: Blue Flower pickguard, aged knobs and pickup covers

The Blue Flower finish has a decidedly ‘60s-style look, with a subtle metallic sheen from the foil material below the gloss clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to just one small chip on the bass-side lower bout perimeter and a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A modern Fender-branded gigbag is included.