Fender Japan ST57 Stratocaster Sunburst w/ Monty’s Retrowind Stratocaster Pickups 1997 – 2000

$ 1279.52

Fender Japan ST57 Stratocaster Sunburst w/ Monty’s Retrowind Stratocaster Set

We have upgraded several MIJ Fenders with new pickups and electronics to make an already great guitar realize its full potential!

This ST57 is from the “Crafted in Japan” era sometime around 1997 – 2000 at the Dyna Gakki factory according to the O serial number prefix. As a 57, it features a 21 fret maple neck in an exceptionally comfortable oval profile with rolled edges. The body appears to be basswood and has been fitted with UK boutique pickup winder Monty’s exceptional Retrowind set. Here’s what Monty’s has to say about them:

“Our lowest output Strat set, the retro wind set is beautifully balanced and musical across all the strings, allowing chords to ring out cohesively without any note overpowering any other. The highs have a warm chime that blends effortlessly with the mids and lows to allow for tight, woody rhythm sounds. When driven, they perfectly balance warmth and clarity, retaining definition without ever becoming brash.”

We think they are a great match for this guitar, especially with the electronics upgrade which features CTS pots, a Sprague orange drop capacitor and vintage style push back cloth wiring for the utmost clarity. Controls consist of a 5-way switch and 1 vol / 2 tone configuration with the tone having no effect on the bridge pickup.

Cosmetically this guitar has some minor scratches and dings throughout but is very presentable overall with very little hardware corrosion and plenty of life left in the frets.

Comes with the original softcase, back panel and Monty’s pickup box. The original tremolo arm and pickups are not included.


  • Frets: Approximately 70% remaining
  • Truss rod: Fully adjustable
  • Neck: Straight

Additional specifications:

  • Nut width: Approximately 42mm / 1.65″
  • Weight: Approximately 3.48mm / 7.67lbs

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Used items can be returned within 7 days of delivery. The cost of a return shipment, which must be trackable and insured, shall be borne by the buyer.

When packing an instrument for shipment we take every precaution to prevent damage during transit.

We always try to accurately convey the condition of our products, however please bear in mind that feel, performance and even condition are subjective. In light of this, please examine the photos carefully!

When examining a truss rod on a straight neck, we check that it can turn up to about 45 degrees in both directions. When we say the truss rod can be adjusted, we mean it can be adjusted up to 45 degrees. Anything beyond that risks damaging the instrument.

Please note that the product description was made at the time of listing and there may be a slight variance when you receive your instrument due to environmental factors such as temperature and humidity.

Regarding accessories, only those shown in the photo or listed as “Accessories” in the description are available.

This item is also on offer locally and might sell elsewhere.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. We are based in Japan so there may be a delay between your initial communication and our response. We are not ignoring you! Thank you for your patience.

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