Fender Japan Stratocaster ST-500VR Metallic Green 1991
Fender ST500VR Strat, metallic green, made in Japan 1990-1. I've never before had a Strat through the store in this colour, and I can't even remember ever seeing a Fender Japan Strat in this finish anywhere before... what a hue! Aside from the colour being unusual, it's a slightly unusual model too. It's basically a '62 reissue model, but this is equipped with a 22 fret, satin finish neck with tidy Gotoh tuners; similar specs to the medium and short scale model in the catalog but with a full length scale. It feels terrific in the hands: it's lively and loud unplugged and supremely easy to move around on. The pickups are a but hotter than the usual vintage style fare, so there's a thick, gooey fatness balancing out the traditional sparkly spank. If you're enamoured with this emerald beauty, be assured it plays and sounds just as good as it looks. Just please don't call it 'the green machine'; you're better than that!
Model: Fender Japan Stratocaster ST-500VR
Made: Japan, 1990-1, Fujigen plant (serial K025679)
Finish: metallic green, one ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 22 frets, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickup: Fender Japan Hot Rod single coils
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge and a little dimple near the high E tuner. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and some glossing from play only. The back has some dimples on the top horn and back and bottom edges as well as some minor scuffs and surface scratches. The sides have a few minor marks: a minor lacquer crack on the top side of the neck pocket, some dimples on the top horn and in the 'waist' on the top, a notable chip and some dimples on the shoulder, some scuffs near the rear strap pin and some little scratches near the jack and on the bottom horn. The front has a a couple of scuffs near the jack and behind the bridge, some dimples on the shoulder and some light play scratches 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 normal wear but heaps of height in them and are freshly polished, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.