(SOLD) Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster ST43 Candy Apple Red 2008
Fender Japan Standard Strat, candy apple red, made in Japan 2007-10. These J-craft Standards are awesome little guitars. The basic recipe is this: take a '62 style Strat, flatten out the radius, offer either maple or rosewood for the board, move the truss rod adjuster to the sensible headstock end, stick modern style tuners, make the neck a slick satin finish and add the 90s style logos. It adds up beautifully in the hands: the neck is very quick in the hands; the satin finish feels awesome and the shape is a friendly little round number; it's effortless to play. The tone is a crisp, hi-fi take on the classic 'Strat spank'; it's got a nice understated tight bass and a snappy, defined treble. The maple board feels great under the fingers, it adds a little extra zing through the top end of the tone and is a little harder to find on this model than the rosewood examples. The classic candy apple finish gleams beautifully in the flesh, it's one of those 'can't go wrong' options on the classic curves of a Strat. Heaps of action and super affordable.
Model: Fender J-Craft Standard Stratocaster (ST-43)
Made: Japan, 2007-10, Dyna plant (serial U047128)
Finish: candy apple red (CAR), 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 9.8" radius
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Single x3
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some minor dimples on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has no major marks, just a few light scuffs around the body, most notably in the belly carve area. The sides have a couple of minor dimples in the elbow area and near the jack. The front has a few dimples in the elbow area and some standard play wear on the guard and horns. 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 minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.