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2022 Fender Heritage 60s Stratocaster Sunburst Nitro Lacquer w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2022 Fender Heritage 60s Stratocaster in mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with all hangtags. Sourced brand new directly from Toyko, this Heritage Series Stratocaster was designed in conjunction with Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Mark Kendrick, using profiling data from Fender USA for vintage-spec body and neck profile carves. This retooled top-tier Fender Japan Stratocaster model exceeds the quality of even Fender Japan's previous VSP series, standing toe to toe with the American Vintage and Original lines.

Extremely rare outside Japan, this Stratocaster boasts a gloss nitro lacquer finish, vintage spec hardware and plastics, black bobbin USA pickups, USA-made CTS pots, and cloth-covered leads used throughout the harness. For players that gravitate towards the top quality fit and finish for which Fender Japan is known, there is no finer Stratocaster than the Heritage 60s model.

Traditional tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fingerboard, yielding a smooth and balanced natural acoustic tone. The black bobbin pickups feature staggered alnico magnets and have excellent bounce and sparkle, sweet and clear in every pickup position with a woody cut. Simply put, these are some of the best single coils we’ve heard in a Fender Japan Strat. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with notable depth further up the fretboard and particularly round, full shoulders in every register, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut, and the original slender frets are flawless. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", the fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock sports a Pre-CBS style "Spaghetti" Stratocaster logo, with single line Kluson-style Fender Deluxe tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" designation and "JD22" prefix serial number are present on the back of the headstock.

All of the electronics function flawlessly, and the wiring includes USA-made CTS pots, cloth covered leads, and black bobbin pickups coupled to a five-way switch. The chrome plated hardware shines like new, and the vibrato has a notably smooth, easy-actuating response. Plastics include a wide bevel three-ply mint green pickguard and ivory pickup covers and knobs. The pickguard retains its protective clear factory film and advert too.

The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is surgically accurate to an early '60s burst gradient with just the right amount of red and a deep brownish-black edge. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the gloss on the neck profile is equally pristine.

The original padded Fender gigbag is included, along with all hangtags.