Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster ST43 Olympic White 2004
Fender Japan Standard Strat, made in Japan 2004-5, 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, 2004-5, Dyna plant (serial R048024)
Finish: olympic white (OWH), 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 9.8" radius
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Single x3
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end, no major marks. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a few dimples on the bottom edge and top horn and some light scuffs around the body, no major marks. The back cover is missing. The sides have a few minor marks: a chip and some scuffs on the top horn, some scuffs on the shoulder, some dimples near the jack and on the bottom horn. The front is pretty tidy, just a scuff on the top horn and some play wear on and above the guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
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 normal wear, nothing nasty; 7/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.