Since the early 80's infamous 'JV' models, Japan has had a reputation for building some of the best vintage spec Stratocaster reissues around. As with many rarer vintage Fender guitars, players frequently turn to Fender models made in Japan to get period correct vintage spec instruments at a fraction of the price, all the while embodying the kind of craftsmanship and attention to detail that MIJ instruments have become so renowned for.
This 2006-2008 Fender Japan '57 Stratocaster features a basswood body with a Maple neck and fingerboard. Although a '57 reissue, the neck has flatter, more 'D' shaped profile, as opposed to the 'V' shape that comes with later 50's style Fender necks. This leaves the guitar feeling slightly more playable and modern than other vintage reissues. Featuring 3 USA made Texas Special single coil pickups and a 5 way switch, this Strat has all the chiming vintage Fender tone you could need, with a sweeter, slightly hotter about from the Texas Specials. As with all Fender Japan models, this guitar is finished exceptionally, vintage tint lacquer and gloss black finish that give an authentically 50's vibe. This guitar also features period correct Kluson style tuners, and retains its original tremolo arm and gig bag.
Condition / Originality:
This guitar is in excellent condition both internally and externally. There are some slight knocks and marks to the lacquer on the top and around the edge of the instrument, but nothing you wouldn't expect from an instrument that has been played. The frets are in good condition and have plenty of life in them. This guitar also includes a gig bag.