Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster Sonic Blue ST57-70TX 1999-02
Fender Japan '57 Reissue Strat, sonic blue, crafted in Japan 1999-02. This is truly a gorgeous sight. Sonic blue has to be one of the best finishes around on a Strat; this is stunning from every angle. The finish is a rarity on this model too, it's a non-catalog special order option, so don't count on seeing another one like this anytime soon. This is a 'Vintage Premium' model; so you get the deluxe appointments: high-end bridge, alder body, USA Texas Special pickups. The pickups deliver a whole stack of sauce: the tone is fat, spanky and rich, with enhanced bass and treble compared to a regular single coil. The maple board has yellowed to an appealing golden hue and the mildly-chunky '57 neck profile is friendly and familiar; it's an easy player with a whole lot to give. If you're hankering for a Strat, do yourself a favour and ask for this classy lady's hand in marriage.
Model: Fender Stratocaster, '57 Reissue (ST57-70TX)
Made: Japan, 1999-02 (CIJ, serial P098244)
Finish: sonic blue (SBL), 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple with maple board, dot inlays
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Case: very basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's some uneven fading from a sticker on the back plate, as well as some shallow scratches and dents in the buckle rash area. The bottom side has a few marks, mostly near the input jack. There's a ding on the top horn on the front and a few other minor dimples as well as some scratching on the guard. The back of the neck has a patch of discolouration, it's not noticeable in the hands. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have been played, but the wear is minor, 7/10 for life left. Proper!