Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

1986-1987 Fender Japan ST-54 Stratocaster & new Hard Case



A good example of an early Japanese 50s reissue Stratocaster

Here's a good, authentically aged example of the 1954 Reissue Stratocaster in a two colour sunburst. With it's one piece Maple neck, skunk stripe and 7.25" radius fretboard this is, as usual an excellent reissue stratocaster from Fender Japan. This one has Fender Japan alnico pickups & an authentic single ply 8 hole pickguard. 

This guitar an "F" serial number so was made in 1986/7 and is in a nice aged condition. Built at the Fujigen plant just a year after they finished building the JV series it's a good example of an older Japanese Fender. I managed to find this exact model featured in the 1988 Fender Japan catalogue. This is always good as I can confirm woods, pickups, finish etc.  As it's nearly 35 years old & classified as vintage, I haven't done very much to it as it's nice to retain the vintage vibe. The frets are in very good condition with no pitting. 

The photos in the gallery show dents and scratches over the body & neck but this is from use, rather than abuse. There is an area at the 19th/20th fret where the lacquer has come away & I noted that the pickguard had discoloured in one area. The backplate was also missing when it was for sale in Japan. Fortunately my Japanese friend Hiroaki was able to source me a used one out there which I have now fitted. I have given it a good clean & check over & when I gave it a quick set up, the intonation was spot on and the action was very good. The guitar has a nice slim neck and plays very well.

Please also check out the awesome demo video at the foot of the page. Recorded by session guitarist & friend Rob Burrows, it gives a quick taster of how this guitar can sound
Rob can be contacted via his website for online personal tuition at all levels

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit. This case can be upgraded to a very nice tweed one but these are an additional £12 each at present.Please contact me before purchasing if you would like this. Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that i won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

Fender Japan Stratocaster '54 Reissue "2 colour Sunburst" Specifications

Body- Basswood
Neck - Maple (aged finish)
Colour - 2 colour  Sunburst
Weight - 3.45kg
Scale Length - 648mm (25.5") 
Width at nut 42mm & 52mm at 12th fret
Neck profile. Modern "C" (Oval Type)
Pickups - Fender Japan ST  Vintage Single Coil 
Hardwear - Chrome
Tuners - Fender Kluson Style
Bridge - Vintage Tremelo with die-cast block
5 way switch
Master Vol & 2 x Tone
Thomann Black Hard Case

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping 

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