Fender Japan '57 Stratocaster ST57-58US Shell Pink 1998
Fender '57 Strat, crafted in Japan 1997-00, shell pink. My my, that's quite a finish! Shell pink is gorgeous, and with a couple of decades on the clock to yellow and mellow a little, it's all the better. This one has weathered those decades almost untouched; there's barely a mark on it and barely a scratch on the frets; very unusual but a lovely surprise. Aside doing more for your personal visual brand than any vintage leather jacket and expensive shades ever could, this delivers the goods in the tone and feel departments emphatically. The neck is the classic slightly chunky '57 shape; instantly familiar and a pleasure in the hands. The USA made pickups deliver a sparkly, biting treble that's balanced by an assertive bass and disarming midrange; each switch position offers a new delightful take on the classic Strat-spank. People ask us for shell pink Strats all the time, but they're getting harder and harder to source; if you're after a clean example that's a delight in the hands, don't wait too long to claim this little darling.
Model: Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster (ST57-58US)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 1997-00 (serial O087410)
Finish: shell pink (SLP)
Neck: one piece maple with skunk stripe, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickup: Fender USA ST-Vintage single coils
Case: very basic original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Neck and headstock pretty clean. The back has no major marks, just a couple of dimples in the belly carve and on the bottom edge. The sides are also pretty clear, just some dimples near the rear strap pin and around from the knobs. The front has no noteworthy marks, just some very light scuffs on the guard and top horn from play. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets are looking great, very minor wear; 9/10 for fret life left. Set up with fresh 10/46s.