Up for sale, a 2015 Fender Japan Exclusive Classic ‘70s Stratocaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and gigbag. This particularly short-lived, since-discontinued Japanese domestic market model effectively recaptures the look and feel of a ‘70s Strat, with the quality fit and finish work associated with Fender Japan.
Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck and a thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a clear, balanced natural acoustic tone. Offering plenty of authoritative single coil cut, this particular ceramic magnet pickup complement has more punch and power than alnico pickups, sounding distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at MIke & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium U–shaped profile carve with generous, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .905” deep at the 12th fret. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and slender fretwire that's in great shape with well-rounded crowns, only showing very light wear beneath the plain string on frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly 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. The large ‘70s-style headstock features a block logo, bullet truss rod and dual string trees. The Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with gleaming chrome plating.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a traditional Stratocaster control array and trio of original ceramic magnet single coil pickups. The chrome-plated hardware includes the tremolo with block saddles, jack cup, and three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt adjustment. The guitar has a full-size tremolo block too for optimal sustain, and the vibrato responds easily for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch reliably. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the three-ply black pickguard, which has some light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to one small ding where the forearm crosses the top, and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the original hangtags.