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2017 Fender Traditional 70s Stratocaster Black w/ Hangtags, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Traditional ‘70s Stratocaster in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtags. This “Made in Japan” Strat is uncommon outside its country of origin, featuring vintage-correct touches including a large headstock with bullet truss rod adjustment, three-bolt “F” neck plate, and die-cast block saddles.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and one-piece maple neck. This guitar has a bright, cutting acoustic profile, faithfully captured by the stock trio of "Vintage-Style" single coil pickups. The pickups deliver a bevy of classic Strat tonalities; the bridge pickup is snappy and aggressive, the neck pickup has more inherent roundness, and there’s hollow quack at the in-between positions on the five-way pickup selector switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius with flawless slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The large ‘70s-style headstock sports a bullet truss rod, and the die-cast tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with clean chrome plating. The “Made in Japan” text and JD17-prefix serial are present on the back of the headstock.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and Volume/Tone/Tone control configuration. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, including the jack cup and bridge base, with a very light dusting of patina on the die-cast block saddles. Plastics comprise a white three-ply pickguard and cream pickup covers and knobs.

Sparingly played since new, cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is pristine. Both the guitar and included gigbag have a faint smell of cigarette smoke.

The original Fender-branded padded gigbag is included, along with the factory hangtags.