Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster ST43 Olympic White 2000
Fender Japan Standard Strat, made in Japan 1999-02, olympic white. These J-Std models are great guitars; simple, classically styled and very effective. The neck is a highlight: slim C shape, satin finish for slick movement, more 'modern' 9.8" radius, all made with care from a delightful piece of maple and rosewood. It's a very smooth player indeed. The tone is a thick, stomping take on the classic Strat-spank; there's a heap of attack and a nice rounded bass balancing out the chiming highs and crispy mids. The buttery, creamy white finish is instantly appealing; it's hard to argue that this is a gorgeous creature. If you're after a beautifully made Strat that punches well beyond the price, here's a good candidate.
Model: Fender J-Craft Standard Stratocaster (ST-43)
Made: Japan, 1999-02, Dyna plant (serial P079489)
Finish: olympic white (OWH), 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 9.8" radius
Mods: knobs replaced, back plate replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Single x3
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end and bottom edge, no major marks. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and a couple of dents on the back only. The back has scuffs around the back edge and some dimples and scuffs around the body, nothing too nasty. The sides have dimples around the whole body and some scuffs and dents near the jack. The front is pretty tidy, just some scuffs behind the bridge and on the elbow area and some 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 a little bit of wear, nothing nasty; 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.