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2004 Fender Stratocaster ST80-SPL FSR Blue Baltic Vintage, Ash Body w/ USA Pickups, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster '62 vintage reissue model ST80-SPL in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An exceedingly rare FSR (Factory Special Run) Fender Japan Strat virtually unseen outside its country of origin, this Fender features a solid ash body finished in Blue Baltic Vintage, a transparent blue burst that highlights the grain of the ash body and transitions to an opaque blue with subtle metalflake at the body edges.

Fitted with the stock trio of USA-made Custom Shop Texas Special single coils, which feature black bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered wire, this guitar delivers the goods both visually and sonically. The time-tested tonewood platform of ash, maple, and rosewood works in concert for an inherent warmth and midrange complexity that translates well through the single coils. Plugged in, the guitar has plenty of sparkle and spank on tap with the slightly overwound push and greater midrange heft of the Texas Special design. The bridge pickup provides biting twang and cut, while the "in-between" positions on the five-way pickup selector switch have a snappy, thinned-out quack. The neck pickup is bold and round with a throaty zing that's harmonically rich and great for lead work. Weight 7lbs 5oz, this Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and even more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard sports a 7 1/4" fretboard radius and vintage-style fretwire. These slender frets have good height and meat, with very light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive, and the guitar plays well in all registers. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1.650" (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the gold Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, while the neck pocket is stamped with the ST-80SPL model and BBV (Blue Baltic Burst) finish designation.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with three original staggered pole piece, alnico V magnet Fender USA Custom Shop Texas Special single coils with cloth-covered leads. The vibrato has a full-size block for optimal sustain and resonance, and the vibrato actuates easily with the original gold-plated arm. Plastic parts include a white three-ply pickguard and pickup covers with light aging on the knobs. All of the original gold hardware is intact, and the plating is quite clean save for notable patina across the bridge saddles. Cosmetic wear is limited to one ding on the edge where the forearm crosses the top, and some smaller marks behind the bridge on top and on the body perimeter. The neck has a smooth ambered gloss on the profile.

 A gigbag is included.