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2012 Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster AST-M/SSH Medium Scale 24 3/4" Gunmetal Blue, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2012 Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster medium scale model AST-M/SSH in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Gunmetal Blue gloss finish. A "Made in Japan" exclusive model not designed for export, this Strat features a shorter 24 3/4" scale length, contoured neck heel, satin neck profile finish, and a 9 1/2" radius fretboard, all features engineered for lightning fast playing and easy bending.

The basswood body offers a neutral, balanced tonal profile, especially favored for high gain scenarios, and the original pickup complement includes a Dimarzio-made DP100F bridge position humbucker which has plenty of detail and power. The neck and middle position "ST-Single" single coils offer more traditional Strat sparkle and chime, with a broad tonal palette accessible via the five-way pickup selector switch. This Aerodyne feels elegant and effortless, lightweight at 7lbs 2oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The dark, tight-grained 22 fret slab rosewood fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the stock frets are flawless, shy of medium jumbo yet with good meat and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the matching Gunmetal Blue headstock features Kluson-style Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck has a contoured heel and four-bolt neck plate, allowing for easy access to the highest frets, and the "Made in Japan" text with JD12-prefix serial number is present directly above the neck heel.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the SSH pickup array governed by a traditional Strat Vol/Tone/Tone control layout and five-way pickup selector switch. The chrome plating is notably clean on the bridge base and jack cup, with patina across the bridge saddles. The vintage-style Strat vibrato actuates easily for quick flutters and deeper dives, complete with the original arm. Plastics are well-kept, save for some requisite pick scuffing across the pickguard.

The gloss Gunmetal Blue finish is accented by cream top binding, and there are some small nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout on top behind the bridge. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile has only one tiny mark on the bass side of the carve behind fret 9 that isn’t distracting to the palm while fretting.

A form fit faux leather gigbag is included.