Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster ST43 Sunburst 2003
Fender Japan Standard Strat, sunburst, crafted in Japan 2002-4. These are awesome little guitars. The basic recipe is this: take a '62 style Strat, flatten out the radius, move the truss rod adjuster to the sensible headstock end, stick modern style tuners and add the 90s style logos. It works a treat; this feels awesome and sounds great. There's a sweet, chiming, crisp treble balanced by a punchy, fat bass; it's a tasty take on the classic Strat-spank. The neck has enough miles to smooth up the finish, plus it's a super easy profile to get along with; it's awesome in the hands. The sunburst finish has held up beautifully over a couple of decades; it's looking super clean. All in all: great, simple Strat.
Model: Fender J-Craft Standard Stratocaster (ST-43)
Made: Japan, 2002-4, Dyna plant (serial Q081368)
Finish: sunburst (3TS), 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 and neck pretty clean, no major marks. Back has a few light scuffs along the back edge, nothing nasty. Sides have no major marks, just some light scuffs in the elbow area and the near the knobs. The front is also nice and clean, just a couple of scuffs on the back edge and the top end. 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 very little wear; 9/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.