Fender Japan '54 Stratocaster ST54-95LS Black 2007
Fender '54 Strat, black, made in Japan 2005-6. Here, friends, we have the Fender Japan take on the classic Clapton 'blackie' model. That means you get a sweet soft-V neck, which on this later model is blessed with a satin finish, 22 frets and a 10" radius, as well as a set of sparkly Lace Sensor pickups and a hefty mid boost on the second tone circuit. It really is a superb sounding Strat: heaps of clarity and sizzle with a juicy low end from the pickups, plus all the thick saucy mids you could want on tap via the boost. The neck is very conducive to quick lead runs and big bends; it's an absolute pleasure in the hands. It's unusual to score these in such clean shape; this one is as close to mint as you could ask for a guitar that's fourteen years old. This will easily match the USA Clapton-signature models for tone and feel, but it doesn't technically have someone's name on the headstock so you can save yourself a thousand or so to blow on other 'essentials'. You'll love it, I certainly do.
Model: Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster (ST54-95LS)
Made: Japan, 2005-6, Fujigen plant (serial R083607)
Finish: black gloss, 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple 1 piece inc board, soft-V profile, 25.5" scale, 10" radius
Pickups: Fender USA Lace Sensor single coils
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor cosmetic wear. Headstock has some extremely minor marks on the end. Neck has some light glossing from play but is clean and smooth. The back has no major marks, just some very light scuffs along the belly carve. The sides are also nice and clean, just a couple of tiny dimples near the jack. The front has no major marks, just a couple of marks near the jack and some play scratches on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Electronics tested and all working properly. Frets have some minor wear, nothing nasty, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.