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2005 Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster AST-65 Candy Apple Red Near Mint, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster model AST-65 in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An uncommon model, this Strat was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and features a gloss Candy Apple Red finish with matching headstock and cream body binding. Loaded with a trio of stock ST-Vintage single coil pickups, the guitar boasts a five-way pickup selector, delivering an array of classic Strat tonalities. Plenty of sparkle and smooth, warm single coil silk can be coaxed out of these pickups, and the Aerodyne feels elegant and effortless. This Aerodyne Strat weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab 22-fret rosewood fretboard is a notably dark cut of this tonewood with a 7 1/4” radius, retaining the flawless original slender frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1.650" (42mm) in width. The matching Candy Apple Red headstock features Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a traditional Stratocaster control layout and five-way pickup selector switch. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean, and the guitar features a vintage-style Strat vibrato which anchors with six screws and is slightly recessed into the body. Plastics include the original trio of knobs and the three-ply black pickguard, which displays some light scuffing along the pick path. The vibrato cavity cover has been removed, but is present in the gigbag.

This is a notably well-kept example, and the finish is abbreviated "OCR" for Old Candy Red, a darker and more vintage-correct shade of Candy Apple Red than earlier Fender Japan iterations. Cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few faint scratches on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile is pristine.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.