Whitstable Guitars

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

1997-2000 Fender Japan ST-57 Reissue Stratocaster USA Pickups Black & new hard case




Here's another Fender Japan '57 Reissue Stratocaster, again with USA Fender Vintage pickups. This one is in classic black. It has quite a few bumps and scrapes around the body. Nothing serious & about what you would expect for a 20+ year old guitar that has been played. There's some wear to the lower side of the fretboard probably caused by a ring. Having said that, the frets are still good with no indentations & the guitar plays well with trussrod working as it should do & everything is original. There were a couple of dents along the back of the neck. They can be irritating when you're playing so I have filled, smoothed and polished them. You can still see the marks but everything is smooth to the touch. See gallery pics.

Due to the small cosmetic issues, it's good value for a'57 reissue, especially one with USA pickups, It also has a Maple fretboard & like most vintage Fenders, a 7.25" (184mm) fretboard radius and an 8 hole single ply scratchplate.

Fender Japan ST-57 US Stratocaster Black



Body Material Basswood Body

Finish Black Polyester

Body Shape Stratocaster®

Weight 3.45 kg


Neck Material Maple

Neck Finish Aged polyester gloss

Neck Shape Slim "C" Shape

Scale Length 25.5 "(648 mm)

Fingerboard Material Maple

Fingerboard Radius 7.25 "(184.1 mm)

Number of Frets twenty one

Fret Size Vintage Style

Nut Material Synthetic Bone

Nut Width 1.650 "(42 mm)

Position Inlays Black Dots


Bridge pickup: Fender USA Vintage

Middle pickup:   Fender USA Vintage

Neck Pickup:   Fender USA Vintage

Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)

Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup Configuration SSS


Bridge 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo

Hardware Finish Chrome 

Tuning Machines: MHG-SD91

Pickguard 1-Ply White

Control Knobs White Plastic

Switch Tip White

Neck Plate 4-Bolt Chrome

Comes with 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