Fender Japan '57 Reissue Stratocaster ST57-70TX Ocean Turquoise Metallic 1997-00
Fender '57 Strat, ocean turquoise, crafted in Japan 1997-00. This a tasty little friend. In the late 90s, this was the top-of-the-line '57 style Strat, so it managed to leave the factory with an alder body and a set of delicious Fender USA Texas Special single coils. The pickups are a slightly hotter output model, so you get a heap of bluesy drive if you push your amp nice and easily. They have a little more natural bass and nudge of extra snap and bite than a regular ST-Vintage; combined with the even temperament of the alder body, this really does sound great. The round, slightly chunky '50s style neck is instantly familiar; between the slightly bigger shape and the maple board it contributes a noticeable clarity and sparkle through the top end of the tone. The finish is a deep, nautical green that has a soothing charm; next to the classic white guard and the golden-syrup board, it's a got an endless-summer vintage aesthetic. These high-end CIJ models will easily rival all but the fanciest USA models for tone and feel, and when they look this good... you get the idea.
Model: Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster (ST57-70TX)
Made: Japan, 1997-00 (serial O087368)
Finish: ocean turquoise metallic (OTM), 1-ply white guard
Neck: 1-piece maple w/ skunk stripe, moderate 'D' shape, 7.25" radius
Mods: nut replaced with brass model
Pickups: Fender USA Texas Special single coils
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge. The neck is pretty clean. The back has what looks like claw marks just up from the neck plate, aside from that it's just minor dimples mostly around the outside edge. The sides have a few marks; a chip on the top horn, some minor dents and a little chip on the shoulder area, some three little chips around from the jack and some dimples on the bottom horn. The front is pretty clean; just a minor dent on the edge near the jack and some light dimples and play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: good condition (7/10).
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.