Fender Japan Boxer Series Stratocaster ST456 Olympic White 1986
Fender Boxer Series Strat, olympic white, made in Japan 1986-7. The Boxer guitars were Fender's 'modern feature' guitars in the mid 80s; later replaced by the Pro Feel series. There were medium scale options, HH Strats, things with Floyd Rose trems (yeah... except nah thanks) and this little handy friend. Being not a strict vintage reissue, you get some handy modern features like an HSS pickup setup, two knobs instead of three, satin finish neck and some handy block saddles, as well as the ever-80s reverse tuxedo styling. It all adds up nicely in the hands. The neck is a lovely piece of maple with some subtle flame and a really friendly combo of the slim round shape and the satin finish; it's too easy to play. The pickups offer the traditional spank on the neck and middle positions but the bridge HB breathes a little fire into the equation; there's a lot to like. These 80s era Fujigen-made Strats enjoy a great reputation, and with this in your hands, it's easy to understand why. Now, can you play Never Gonna Give You Up, or what?
Model: Fender Boxer Series Stratocaster (ST456)
Made: Japan, 1986-7 (serial E956833)
Finish: olympic white, 1-ply black guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, slim 60s profile
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Current x2, Dragster HB x1
Case: original faux leather black gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock is pretty clean, very minor dimples on the back only. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some very minor dimples and glossing from play on the back. The back has no major marks, just some light scuffs around the back edge. The sides are nice and shiny, just some light dimples on the shoulder. The front is also nice and clean, just some light dimples behind the bridge and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear, they're in great order 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.