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Can you believe this Strat is celebrating 35th birthday this year! Original owner bought this new in Kingfisher Music store in Fleet in 1988 and played it a lot till very recently, but cared about the instrument - so no dings on the body or neck, just plenty of surface wear of the gloss finish.


Basswood body finished in striking Torino Red is fairly light and very resonant. Classic and deep body contours hug you when you play. Single-ply 50s style white pickguard and the aged pickup covers and knobs add to the vintage look. At some point the body cavities were routed for an additional switch, but this is all covered by the pickguard.


Neck has a nice and comfy C-shape and very lovely worn satin finish both on the back and on the fretboard. This size and shape will be found very pleasant by the vast majority of Strat enthusiasts. Vintage frets have moderate wear and plenty of life left in them, original Gotoh tuners work like on the very first day of service thanks to the tension adjustment screws. Roller string trees reduce friction and allow for better tuning stability, especially when using the tremolo.


Electric voice is provided by a set of those coveted original 1980s flatpole ceramic magnet pickups, that sound absolutely wonderful and are becoming quite sought after by Fender enthusiasts thanks to their bell-like tones and the possibility of raising them up closer to the strings without getting the mid-range screaming, like usually happens with staggered magnets. Tonal versatility is accessed via the 5-way switch and two treble control pots. Switch has been upgraded to CRL USA model, volume pot has been replaced as well.


Tremolo has the classic 6-point vintage design and comes with tapered tremolo block and 3 springs. Original saddles work well and the original tremolo arm and tremolo cavity cover are included with the guitar!


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with Fender 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping provided as well.

Fender Stratocaster - Japan Standard - Torino Red - flatpole pickups (1988)

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster


    YEAR: 1988, H-serial MIJ


    COLOUR: Torino Red, gloss finish


    PICKGUARD: 1-ply 50s style aged white


    NECK: C-shape maple neck, honey amber gloss finish


    FRETBOARD: maple, 7.25-inch radius


    NUT WIDTH: 42.6mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 21.5 mm, 12th fret - 23.6 mm


    FRETS: 21 vintage frets with moderate wear


    TUNERS: Gotoh Japan, tension adjustment


    BODY: Basswood,modified body routing


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,4 kg


    TREMOLO: 6-point vintage style, steel saddles, tapered tremolo block, original tremolo arm


    WEAR: plenty of surface wear and surface scratches all around the body and back of neck, pickup cover and knobs plastic discolouration, hardware patina


    PICKUPS: original Fender Japan flatpole single-coils


    WIRING: Original Japan A250K tone pots, upgraded volume pot and CRL USA 5-way switch, 1960s style ceramic disc tone capacitor


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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