Fender Japan '57 Reissue Stratocaster ST57-55 Black 1988
Fender '57 Strat, made in Japan 1988, black. This is a very classy item indeed. The famed E-serial period came directly after the legendary JV-serial instruments; they shared most of the same specs and parts and were made by the same meticulous hands. The craftsmanship and wood selection on offer on this guitar are outstanding: everything is exactly in it's place, and the neck is sublime. With a few years on clock, the plastics and gloss maple neck have yellowed to a legit-vintage look that can't be replicated with modern trickery; this is the real deal. The feel is excellent: the body is light and responsive with a heap of natural resonance and the neck is smooth and perfectly played-in. Tone wise, this has an open, airy midrange and treble that's articulate and charming... paired with some classic Strat spank and quack, it's all sorts of right. The black finish is in tidy shape: you can see the tight lines emerging in the texture as it's slowly seeping into the grain and starting to develop some checking; it's superb up close. If you're partial to the understated class of a tuxedo-B&W Strat, this is surely a brilliant way to scratch that itch. Smooth!
Model: Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster (ST57-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, neck date 24 Nov 1988 (serial E921788)
Finish: gloss black, 1-ply white guard
Neck: 1-piece maple w/ skunk stripe, moderate 'D' shape, 7.25" radius
Weight: 3.5kg approx
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Vintage single coils
Case: SKB deluxe hard case, used, excellent condition
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. There's a couple of dimples o n the end and bottom edge of the headstock. The neck is pretty clean. The back is pretty good, just a couple of marks in the body carve and near the back edge, the start of some checking lines and some light rub wear and shallow scratches, nothing nasty. The sides have no major marks, just a small scuff on the top horn and some dimples around from the knobs and switch. The front is also pretty good, just some very light dimples near the bridge and jack and some very light play scratches on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some light wear, they're looking good overall, 8/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 strings.