Here we have a piece from Fender Japan back in the mid ‘80s, a Contemporary Stratocaster in black finish. The Contemporary series were the first line of Japanese made Fenders to bear the Fender name, with all prior exports having been Squier guitars. These FujiGen Gakki made axes were meant to compete with “Superstrat” builders like Charvel and most were given humbuckers and floating tremolos. This piece does have a floating trem, but retains the classic three single coil Strat set-up, giving a modern twist to the old stand-by. The Fender System 1 tremolo bridge is very smooth and easy to use and retains tuning reasonably well. The pick-ups have a great classic Strat tone, with a personal favorite being the bridge-middle setting that sounds particularly nice. The condition is very good, with most of the instruments blemishes being on the back, leaving the top looking very clean. This writers biggest complaint would be a design flaw that forces the removal of the string retention assembly every time a truss rod adjustment is needed, but a skilled tech could still make short work of it. Ships in a hardshell case.
Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Nut Width: 1 5/8”
7/10 (very good condition) 1984-87 Made in Japan
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