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Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04

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  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04
  • Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04

Topshelf Instruments

Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster Modded Black 2002-04

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Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster, crafted in Japan 2002-04, tuxedo white-on-black. This is the most expensive Strat in the 2002 catalog; so it's certainly a luxury item. It shipped with a mid-boost and a set of Lace Sensors, but all that's been modded out. It's now got a set of three more traditional single coils; we're not 100% sure what they are but they sound a lot like Texas Specials. Those along with the alder body dole out the classic Strat tones in giant dollops of creamy goodness: thick, spanky, rich, but with nice little bright cut on the top. The mid-boost has been temporarily wired out (totally reversible); so the volume and two tone knobs act just like a standard '57 or '62 style Strat; this seems to be a moderately common mod. The soft-V neck feels amazing; it's a joy in the hands and so easy to move around on. The black finish has taken a few knocks, but hey, all in the name of rock and roll yeah? These high-end CIJ models easily take on USA Fender stuff, and this is as good as any you'll find. Classy stuff! Take her home, but remember work on your Clapton-riffs.

Model: Fender Stratocaster, '54 Reissue (ST54-95LS) 
Made: Japan, 2002-04 (serial Q058823)
Finish: black gloss, 1-ply white guard
Body: alder
Neck: maple, maple board
Mods: original Lace Sensors replaced, mid-boost disengaged, regular V-T-T wiring installed
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Specials (suspected but not confirmed)
Case: basic gig bag, back cover and trem arm included

Cosmetic condition notes: Minor cosmetic wear. There's a bunch of little nicks and scratches around the body and neck, nothing major though. There's some dulling on the chrome parts and some corrosion on the bridge, but it all works fine. Overall: good condition (7.5/10).

Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Electronics tested and all working properly, note the mid-boost is disengaged. Frets have some wear but heaps of life, 7/10. Playing super well!