Whitstable Guitars

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

1987 Squier Japan SST-30  Stratocaster (USA Pickups) Black & new hard case

Currently being auctioned at Ebay UK


This SST-30 Domestic market only Squier Stratocaster was made in 1987 after the JV Squiers finished production. The guitar has a desirable "E" series serial number. The SST-30  Squiers were entry level guitars with Basswood bodies and cheaper ceramic pickups but they also have great necks which definitely feel more like a JV to me. The logo transfer is also the same. Apparently the SST-30 came in around 1983 for the domestic market. This guitar has had the pickups replaced which is not unusual as the original ceramic pickups weren't great! This guitar now has a nice set of USA Fender Standard Stratocaster pickups from around 2001.

Condition: This guitar is covered in scrapes and dents but these are in keeping with its age & I haven't repaired any of them as I think they add character. The frets are in reasonable shape but do have tiny indents as shown in the photos indents and the Maple  fretboard is good apart from the photographed area where there is wear too as well as on the edge of the fretboard. The trussrod operates correctly and the neck is nice and straight.  The tuners, bridge and nut are all good. The electrics all work as they should and the pots are in good shape too. Here are some specifications:

Squier Japan Stratocaster SST-30


Body Material Basswood Body

Finish Black Polyester

Body Shape Stratocaster®

Weight 3.25 kg


Neck Material Maple with Maple fretboard

Neck Finish Polyester

Neck Shape Slim "C" Shape

Scale Length 25.5 "(648 mm)

Fingerboard Material Maple

Fingerboard Radius 7.25 "(184.1 mm)

Number of Frets 21

Fret Size Vintage Style

Nut Material Bone

Nut Width 1.650 "(42 mm)

Position Inlays Black Dots


Bridge pickup: Fender USA Standard pickup (6.12k)

Middle pickup: Fender USA Standard pickup (6.12k)  

Bridge Pickup: Fender USA Standard pickup (6.12k)

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: Fender Japan Enclosed

Pickguard 3-Ply White

Control Knobs Vintage White Plastic

Switch Tip Vintage White

Comes with new 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