2008 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 Vintage Reissue ST54-LS Gunmetal Blue, Near-Mint w/ Lace Sensor, Japan CIJ

$ 1649.99

Up for sale, a 2008 Fender Stratocaster ‘54 vintage reissue model ST54-LS in near-mint, 100% original condition, finished in custom color Gunmetal Blue. This uncommon, upper-tiered “Crafted in Japan” Strat is virtually identical to the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster (which comes in its own unique shades of dark metallic blue), sharing a number of premium features with that instrument including a trio of Lace Sensor Gold pickups, an active MDX Mid-boost circuit and TBX Tone control, and a satin-finished 22 fret neck with a prominent V-shaped profile carve and a modern 9 1/2“ fretboard radius.

Tonewoods comprise an alder body and maple neck, and this guitar has a lively, articulate acoustic response. The Lace Sensor pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, giving the player a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than traditional pickups. An active Mid Boost control replaces the Strat’s second Tone knob, enabling the humbucker-esque warmth and richness of Clapton’s iconic “woman tone,” and the center-detent TBX tone control dials in additional thickness and boost. Weighing 7lbs 13oz, this Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Substantial soft V, measuring .920” 1st fret, 1.015” 12th fret
-Fretboard: 9 1/2“ radius
-Frets: Slender, no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh
-Serialization: “Crafted in Japan”, S-prefix

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Lace Sensor Gold x3
-Controls: Volume, TBX Tone (center detent), MDX Mid-boost, Five-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Vibrato (vintage-style)
-Plastics: One-ply white pickguard, pickup covers/knobs

There’s barely a scratch on the gloss Gunmetal Blue finish, and the smooth satin finish on the neck profile is similarly flawless, highlighting tight flame figuring in the maple, particularly prominent along the treble side of the carve.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.