Whitstable Guitars

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

1995-1996 Fender Japan ST57-53 Stratocaster 2TS & new Hard Case




Well, this guitar must win the award for the tattiest guitar to appear on the website this year! Having said that, if you want a "Made in Japan" Fender '57 Reissue stratocaster which is all original, plays well, has good frets & neck and don't mind the very "roadworn" condition & most importantly, don't want to pay too much, then this could be the guitar for you.  With it's one piece Maple neck, skunk stripe and 7.25" radius fretboard this is, as usual an excellent reissue stratocaster. This one has Fender Japan vintage alnico pickups & an authentic single ply 8 hole pickguard. 

The guitar has a "Crafted in Japan" "N" serial number so was made in 1995-1996 so it's around 25 years old. The overall condition I would certainly describe as "tatty" with dents and chips all around the outside of the guitar. There are also dents on the front and back but these aren't nearly as bad as the photos will show. I repaired a couple on the front & the guitar looks much improved for it. I haven't touched anything else but I have photographed everything which can be seen in the gallery. I think the guitar has real character & at over £100 cheaper than equivalent pristine '57 Strats I have had it's a really good buy.

The playability is very good & everything works as it should.

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

Fender Japan Stratocaster '57 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
5 way switch
Master Vol & 2 x Tone
Thomann Black Hard Case

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

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