Up for sale, a 1986 Fender ’58 reissue Stratocaster model ST58 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This “Made in Japan” Strat was made in the famed Fujigen factory and is quite faithful to the model’s specs from the late ’50s. If you’re looking to deliver classic sparkle and chime with your favorite Buddy Holly passages or Clapton “Blackie” fretwork, it’s hard to beat this stunning sounding Stratocaster. Weighing in at 7lbs 8oz, this Strat has a strong acoustic bark, with a clear, bell-like tone when strummed unplugged that translates well through the original alnico single coil pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 10-46 strings, this Strat is ready for the stage and studio.
The maple neck has a fairly slender C profile that plays effortlessly. The 25 1/2″ scale fretboard has a smooth gloss finish that makes it easy to slide up the fretboard unencumbered, with a 7 1/4″ fretboard radius and nut width that’s a full 1 11/16″. The narrow vintage style fretwire ensures that this guitar truly does feel like its vintage brethren, and the frets are very clean, with well rounded crowns and only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the pickups are cleanly wired the stock wiring harness with original pots and five-way pickup selector switch. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish tops off the classic ’50s look and contrasts nicely with the one-ply white guard, and 1958 was the only model year to boast a maple fretboard, single ply guard, and three tone burst.
Cosmetically this guitar has seen limited use in the past 30 years, with only a few small nicks on the neck profile and some minor scuffs and scratches on the back as well. There’s also some finish checking on the top behind the bridge. It’s a remarkably clean and well cared for guitar and a rare model made only for the Japanese domestic market!