Fender Japan '54 Reissue Stratocaster ST54-85LS Pewter Grey 1989
Fender Japan '54 Reissue Strat, pewter grey, made in Japan 1989. This is an absolute belter of a Strat, it's seriously very good indeed. The ST54-85LS model was the 1989 MIJ take on the famed Clapton signature Strat; although it doesn't bear his name, that's clearly the inspiration. That means you're getting a lot of good stuff: deluxe vintage bridge, alder body, soft-V profile one piece maple neck, an active mid-boost and a set of Lace Sensor Gold pickups. The tone is awesome: the Lace Sensors are articulate, dynamically responsive, warm and crystal-clear, and the mid-boost allows you to start at classic-Strat-spank and dial in extra fatness as the situation dictates. These 80s Fujigen examples of this model are brilliantly made; this will easily match the highly collectable American Standards or Strat Plus models from the famed first years of Corona USA production for precision, wood selection and mojo. Being a Clapton-ish model, Fender made a huge number of these in black... this pewter finish is extremely scarce. The grey has yellowed to a softer, almost gold colour; it's really looking quite delightful, especially against the aged plastics and golden-syrup maple board. This is a luxurious instrument, it's an absolute pleasure to play and certainly a sound for sore ears. 100% killer.
Model: Fender Stratocaster, '54 Reissue (ST54-95LS)
Made: Japan, neck date 16 Jan 1989, Fujigen plant (serial E942215)
Finish: pewter grey, 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple, maple board, soft-V profile, 7.25" radius
Mods: switch replaced, at least one knob replaced
Pickups: Lace Senor Gold single coils
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. The neck and headstock have a handful of minor nicks, and there's a couple of spots of wear on the board. The back has a couple of little dents near the battery compartment, behind the trem cavity, and there's some light scratching mostly behind the trem cavity and around the edges. Back plate is missing. The front has some minor dimples, mostly around the shoulder carve area and near the jack. Plastics and chrome have discoloured with age but all work fine. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Electronics tested and working properly. Frets are nicely polished and very even, they appear to have been recently dressed, 8/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s. Awesome!