We have had a steady flow of Japanese Fender models passing through the store lately, and we all agree that they are seriously underrated and underappreciated. This 1986 Contemporary Series (Model 27-4400) is no slouch! This one came to use with a few modifications. We took it to the next level and made it a practical usable guitar.
This pearl white single-hum Strat was refinished with blue racing stripes. I usually not into stripes being added to guitars (or cars) but this one just looks right and was done by a pro. You can feel the paint line, but it is a quality job and not just done by someone with a spray paint can. A second hole was added for a second control pot. We wired the guitar with an overwound Golden Era PAF-style humbucker with a Bourns push/pull pot for coil splitting, a CTS tone pot and Orange Drop capacitor, and topped it off with a pair of clear white speed knobs. It's built to rock! The neck is straight and the truss rod works in both directions. Minimal fretwear that isn't affecting playability or intonation. Please see the photos for condition. We love the black headstocks on these early MIJ Strats!
The rear cover plates are missing, as are the locking nut inserts and locking bridge fine tuners and whammy bar. We set it up with this in mind...finding the correct replacement parts is possible, we just skipped over that step and went straight to making it ROCK as-is. Low action and fresh strings, polished frets, and more attitude than you probably need. Weight: 8.12 pounds.