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2004 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 Vintage Reissue ST57-58US Black w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster ‘57 vintage reissue model ST57-58US in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This “Crafted in Japan” Strat was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is uncommon outside of its country of origin, loaded with the factory trio of USA-made American Vintage 57/62 pickups.

The basswood body is paired with a one-piece maple neck, ensuring a balanced, snappy acoustic tone, and the stock USA-made Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered leads. Via the five-way switch, these Fender single coils have a sparkling treble cut, tight bass, and a dynamic, clear quality, well-suited for chiming cleans and overdriven sizzle. This Strat weighs 7lbs 8oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The gloss-finished fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender frets exhibit moderate wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, with further wear extending beneath the plain string up to fret 10 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 42mm (1.650”) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Fender American Vintage 57/62 pickups are cleanly wired to the original harness and governed by standard Strat Volume/Tone/Tone controls. The vibrato has a large diecast block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, returning quickly to pitch. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine on the bridge base and jack cup, with light surface patina across the saddles. Original plastics include the evenly aged knobs and the one-ply white pickguard, which exhibits some requisite scuffing along the strum path.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a number of dings and small finish chips on the body as a whole, largely concentrated on the lower bout on top and along the body perimeter (most prominent on the treble-side edge). The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

A padded softshell case is included.