Fender '68 Reissue Strat, crafted in Japan 1997-00. Fender Japan didn't offer a lot of signature models, but some of the offerings were pretty clearly going for a particular vibe: this is their Hendrix-ish offering. The 60s profile one piece maple neck has a perfectly agreeable slim, round shape; it's very good indeed in the hands. The nicely weighted alder body combines beautifully with the Texas Special pickups for a hot, bluesy tone filled equally with sweetness and grit... this sounds magnificent. There's some handy deluxe electronic upgrades courtesy of the previous owner, further cleaning up the tone and lowering the noise for your aural pleasure. The steel block bridge and factory-fitted Schaller F-key tuners are both great quality and offer excellent tuning stability and slick feel. The big CBS-era style headstock has gained a lot of fans in recent years, and this particular model is the only one in the catalog with the full set of big bold black decals. The slightly curly maple board and headstock complement the creamy hue of the body perfectly; this really does look amazing. This one is a pleasure on the ears, eyes and hands; you'll struggle to put it down.
Model: Fender '68 Reissue Stratocaster (ST68-85TX)
Made: Japan, Tokai Plant, (serial O002595)
Finish: vintage white (VWH), 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with maple board, dot inlays
Weight: 3.5kg approx
Mods: pots replaced with CTS pots, switch replaced with Fender USA switch, Switchcraft jack installed
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's some minor marks on the end of the headstock. Neck is pretty clean. The back has no major marks, just some light buckle rash scuffs and scratches and a very small chip on the edge of the cavity; note the back cover is missing. The sides have a couple of light scuffs and dimples up from the rear strap pin, around from the knobs and on the bottom horn. The front is very tidy, just a couple of dimples around the bridge, a sticker fade mark on the top horn and some normal play scratches on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets are freshly dressed and polished and have plenty of height; 8/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.