Fender Japan '71 Stratocaster ST71-85TX Candy Apple Red 2000
Fender Japan '71 Strat, candy apple red, crafted in Japan 1999-02. The big CBS-era headstock on this copped plenty of opinions in the 60s, but these days it's bold logos and heavy lines are widely accepted as awesome. Combines with a non-catalog candy apple red finish and a streaky rosewood board, you get a bold and loud looking Strat with plenty of sass. The ash body adds a certain fullness and warmth to the tone; there's plenty of classic Strat-spank but with a punch and body that's very pleasing indeed. The original Texas Special pickups have been switched for something a little lighter in output and more balanced in tone; they sound crispy clear with a nice glassy top end. The neck is a slightly chunky U-type shape, it's meaty and satisfying in the hands and works a treat. This is a no-nonsense good-times machine; it's a perfect little blend of good sense with a hearty wild streak.
Model: Fender '71 Reissue Stratocaster (ST71-85TX
Made: Japan, 1999-02, Dyna plant (serial P040642)
Finish: candy apple red (CAR)
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Mods: pickups replaced, tuners replaced with Gotohs, strap pins replaced
Pickups: non original vintage voiced alnico single coils, brand unknown
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor dimples on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. Back has no major marks, just some dings on the back edge and along the belly carve and some widespread but very minor buckle rash scratches and dimples. Back plate missing. The sides have a few minor marks: some dimples on both horns and a some minor scuffs and small chips on the shoulder and around from the jack. Front is pretty clean, just some dents on the top horn, behind the bridge, near the rear strap pin and input jack and some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is very low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some light wear but are pretty even and smooth, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46s.