Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster '54 vintage reissue model ST54-80AM in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare "Crafted in Japan" reissue of the Stratocaster's first year of production, this guitar was made in the Dyna Gakki factory, known for its quality craftsmanship and adherence to vintage specifications. A rare, high-tiered reissue, this guitar features a solid ash body, deep V neck profile carve, and a trio of factory-installed Fender Custom Shop black bobbin Custom '54 single coils.
The traditional tonewood pairing of an ash body and maple neck delivers great sonic authority, treble articulation, and complex midrange heft, qualities which translate faithfully through the Custom Shop pickups. Originally sold as the American '50s pickups and later rebranded as Custom '54s, these black bobbin pickups feature staggered, lightly beveled alnico magnets, delivering a broad array of traditional Strat tones. Each pickup has a distinctive, vital sound, with great percussive clarity and woody snap. This Strat weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a deep V neck profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .910” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original nigh flawless slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and notes ring out clearly in every register. The bone nut measures 1.665" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), and the headstock has features which reflect the '54 model year, including the round string tree, spaghetti logo, and Kluson-style tuning machines. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck pocket and heel are stamped with the ST54-80 model and a 12/28/04 build date.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and Custom Shop foil stickers on the black bobbins. The vibrato works smoothly with a full-size block that adds to the resonance and sustain of the instrument. Cosmetically, this is an extremely clean upscale example with sparingly aged plastic parts and gleaming chrome hardware. The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish shows only a few dings on the lower bout body edge and a few tiny scuffs just south of the neck plate, while the ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.