Whitstable Guitars

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

2012 Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster 3 Tone Sunburst/M  & new hard case



This Stratocaster is a Fender Japan Standard Strat & only built for the domestic market in Japan. Finished in 3 tone sunburst. They look a little similar to a '62 reissue but do have quite a few differences. The biggest one with this guitar is that it has a Maple fingerboard. All '62 reissues have a Rosewood board. The fretboard radius is 250mm (9.84") unlike the 184mm fretboard on a '62 reissue. They also have a Basswood body, a non lacquered neck with a plain "Fender" transfer, GOTOH tuners rather than Klusons & the bridge saddles are plain. The parts are white rather than the aged ones on the reissues. Having said all of that they are still made in Japan to the usual high standard & they play really well as you would expect. Also, they are £100.00-£150.00 cheaper than the reissues I sell on this website making them a really good buy. 

This particular guitar also has a lower price due to some markings on the Maple fretboard. (see gallery photos) It looks as though a previous owner has put stickers on the fretboard as either markers when learning or to try & change the look. Anyway they have been on there for some time & when removed, the areas where the stickers were are lighter than the rest of the Maple which has darkened in sunlight. Obviously in time, this will darken and all look the same & it does not affect the way the guitar plays or sounds but I just wanted to point it out. 

Overall, this guitar is in very good condition. There is barely any wear & just a few tiny dents around the outer edges of the guitar. I have photographed these as best I can and they are included in the gallery photos. The guitar has no visible fretwear & is all original. The guitar plays & sounds just like a Jap Fender as you would expect.

Fender Japan Standard Stratocaster 3TS/M


Body Material Basswood Body

Finish 3 tone sunburst

Body Shape Stratocaster®

Weight 3.47 kg


Neck Material Maple

Neck Finish Bare

Neck Shape Slim "C" Shape

Scale Length 25.5 "(648 mm)

Fingerboard Material Maple

Fingerboard Radius 9.84 "(250 mm)

Number of Frets twenty one

Fret Size Vintage Style

Nut Material Synthetic Bone

Nut Width 1.650 "(42 mm)

Position Inlays White Dots


Bridge pickup: Fender Japan Vintage

Middle pickup:   Fender Japan Vintage

Neck Pickup:   Fender Japan 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: GOTOH Rotomatic

Pickguard 3-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 £40 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