Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster ST-43 Shell Pink 1998
Fender Japan J-Craft Standard Strat, shell pink, crafted in Japan 1997-00. These Japan Standard models are great little performers: no nonsense, all feel. The neck is a slim modern C shape, similar in profile to a '62 Reissue model, but wearing a slick satin finish and in this case a tasty maple board, with a modern friendly 9.8" radius. All that means it's naturally quick and easy to play. The tone is simple Strat sass: heaps of spank and sparkle with a controlled bass and a articulate voice; it really does sound great. The shell pink finish is a non-catalog anomaly; it's yellowed over the decades to a sweet peachy orange that'll surely attract some adoration and a little dash of shade for good measure. Overall: simple and effective, but looks very good doing it. Just like you, right?
Model: Fender Japan J-Craft Standard Stratocaster (ST-43)
Made: Japan, Tokai plant, 1997-00 (serial O096245)
Finish: shell pink (SLP)
Neck: maple with maple board, satin finish, 9.5" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickup: Fender Japan ST-Current single coil x3
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks ont the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and glossing on the back only. The back has a few little marks and dimples in the belly carve, below the trem cavity and around the back edge, nothing nasty. The sides have a few dimples in the elbow area, near the jack and on the bottom horn. The front has a couple of dimples near the jack, in the elbow area and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets are looking pretty good, just some normal play wear; 7/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 11/49s.