Up for sale, a 2015 Fender limited edition '71 vintage reissue Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Featuring a Walnut Stain transparent gloss finish over a solid ash body, this Stratocaster was made in Japan, with the exceptional feel and premium craftsmanship for which Fender Japan is known.
Paring the solid ash body with a maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, the tonewood complement yields an authoritative natural acoustic quality with both midrange richness and treble clarity. Via the original trio of Japanese-made ceramic magnet single coil pickups, the tone is uncommonly powerful and punchy for single coils, with a cutting, focused sound that has ample power in the bass register and plenty of sparkle and percussive cut on top. The guitar weighs 7lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The thick rosewood slab fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius with pearloid dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The nut measures 42mm in width (1.650"), and the large '70s-style headstock has the correct block logo, bullet truss rod nut, and chrome F tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch repliably. The "Made in Japan" text and JD15-prefix serial number are present above the three-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of original ceramic single coils with staggered pole pieces. The guitar has a full-size zinc tremolo block for optimal sustain and clarity, and the vibrato responds effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, with light patina on the bridge saddles and pickup pole pieces. All original black plastics are accounted for, with some pick scuffing across the strum path (beyond the guard on the bass-side).
The Walnut Stain transparent gloss finish highlights the broad, dynamic grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches on the back, largely on the plastic tremolo cover plate, and one minor ding on the bass-side lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.