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2008 Fender Stratocaster '57 Vintage Reissue ST57-TX Lake Placid Blue w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2008 Fender ‘57 vintage reissue Stratocaster model ST57-TX in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in custom color Lake Placid Blue. This upper-tiered “Made in Japan” model was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and rarely seen outside of its country of origin, featuring a trio of USA-made Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups.

Tonewoods include an alder body and one-piece maple neck, ensuring a clear, balanced platform for the Texas Specials pickups. These Custom Shop Fender pickups match vintage spec with black fiber bobbins, cloth-covered leads and staggered alnico magnets, delivering a bevy of sparkling classic Strat tonalities easily accessed at the five-way pickup selector switch. These Fender single coils have great midrange chirp, tight bass, and a slightly aggressive overwound snap. This Strat weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a chunky, 50s-style C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape, at full factory height with light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock nut measures 1.650" (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and T-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck pocket is dated July 29th, 2008.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the USA-made Texas Special pickups are cleanly wired to the stock Japanese wiring harness with full-size pots. Controls include a five-way pickup selector switch and Volume/Tone/Tone knob configuration. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back to the target pitch with ease. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean, and original plastics comprise a trio of faintly yellowed knobs, bright white pickup covers, and a one-ply pickguard.

The gloss Lake Placid Blue finish is officially abbreviated "OLB" for "Old Lake Placid Blue," representing a more icy, vintage-correct shade of this custom color compared to earlier Fender Japan offerings. Cosmetic wear is limited to a number of small nicks and dings along the lower bout body edge, and just a handful of faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is practically perfect.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.