[NGD] Fender Japan Strat 57

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
Hi i'm new in this forum,

Just got my strat today, bought a used one, but still in good condition.
the seller said it was Fender Japan Strat Reissue 57. (alder body)
Im not sure if japan have reissue series.

He said it's still in its original parts, including the PU. but he have no idea what PU he have on this strat.
If u want to help me identify the PU, pls look my post on pickup forum here
Please feel free to leave any comments.

And here my new Fender Japan strat:

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crawdaddy

Most Honored Senior Member
Feb 11, 2010
6,550
Valley o Sun
Great looking guitar. Great looking hard shell case.

The MIJ's are not really RI's, but to describe the guitar, I don't see a problem with calling it one. The model number is "57", so what's the big deal.

That is sweet looking.

Congrats, welcome and enjoy
 

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
Hi,crawdaddy. thanks. but for now i'm still uncomfortable with the neck.
the high gloss neck feels sticky on my hand, actually i prefer satin finish.
Will it feel better someday?:D

Oh if someone knows much about MIJ/fender pickup pls share ur opinion on my link above at my first post.
I upload some pickup pictures there.
 

jflintmac

Most Honored Senior Member
May 2, 2010
5,157
Canada
I can't help you with ID'ing your pups but you can take a brillo pad to the back of the neck to cut some of thesheen that creates drag. It will be hardly noticeable but it will feel much better. I see that it apears to be a "V" neck as well so it may just take some getting used to. I really like them.
Nice guitar!
 

TubbyTone

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2011
1,574
The Sticks,Canada
beautiful ST-57... and welcome to Strat-Talk... these are the pick ups my A series had... so yours must be the TX model ?
 

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slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
I can't help you with ID'ing your pups but you can take a brillo pad to the back of the neck to cut some of thesheen that creates drag. It will be hardly noticeable but it will feel much better. I see that it apears to be a "V" neck as well so it may just take some getting used to. I really like them.
Nice guitar!

yes i hope i'll getting use to it soon, and i'll also try the brillo pad.but isn't it will add some scratch on the surface?

what about pour some powder on the back of the neck?LOL. seriously, i'm thinking about it...

beautiful ST-57... and welcome to Strat-Talk... these are the pick ups my A series had... so yours must be the TX model ?


i really have no idea about the 'A' series.. the website dont have info on it anymore.but the stamp on the neck pad said ST57A, also there is 'A' under the neck PU..i googling but no luck finding ST-57A specs.

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anyway isn't the tx (texas) have some color on the back pole like yellow,red,blue?or sometime with fender custom shop sticker...
I just hope that's USA pickup either 57/62 or Texas.. rather than Japanese one.
 

TubbyTone

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2011
1,574
The Sticks,Canada
yes i hope i'll getting use to it soon, and i'll also try the brillo pad.but isn't it will add some scratch on the surface?

what about pour some powder on the back of the neck?LOL. seriously, i'm thinking about it...




i really have no idea about the 'A' series.. the website dont have info on it anymore.but the stamp on the neck pad said ST57A, also there is 'A' under the neck PU..i googling but no luck finding ST-57A specs.

IMG02866-20120125-1506.jpg


anyway isn't the tx (texas) have some color on the back pole like yellow,red,blue?or sometime with fender custom shop sticker...
I just hope that's USA pickup either 57/62 or Texas.. rather than Japanese one.

that's the thing about Fender Japan, We find all kinds of crazy configurations... I don't recall ever seeing a Japanese made pick up with cloth wiring so I'll go with the Texas since I'm pretty sure my 57-62 had no R/W middle pick up like yours does... also CS pick ups when factory installed have no sticker, and the blue, yellow, red thing I think is Tex Mex... now I'm no Professional, I'm just trying to help you out how I can...
 

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
that's the thing about Fender Japan, We find all kinds of crazy configurations... I don't recall ever seeing a Japanese made pick up with cloth wiring so I'll go with the Texas since I'm pretty sure my 57-62 had no R/W middle pick up like yours does... also CS pick ups when factory installed have no sticker, and the blue, yellow, red thing I think is Tex Mex... now I'm no Professional, I'm just trying to help you out how I can...

thanks tubby, i really appreciate your opinion.
sorry i'm newbie here, so what do u mean by 'R/W' on my middle pickup?Re-Wired?
I still have no chance to try it out yet, so i have no idea if it texas/57-62 or japanese pickup.
 

blasphemoustrat

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 9, 2011
7,204
Pa
I have an st54 and I'll tell you what....it has that strat tone....and I also have no idea what pickups are in it. They don't have the ceramic bar like tubbys, and they do have cloth wire, and they are just fat and dirty stratty. I just love it.

The v part of the neck is what was hard for me to get used to and a lot of things still are a little harder on it. When I play a lot of bar chords I tend to switch guitars to prevent hand cramps.

Congrats on the new strat:)

Edit...that actually looks just like mine, except for the neck stamp. What year is it? Let us know what you think of the pickups.
 

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
now i wonder about the staggered pole...
mine looks like this, the middle pu and the bridge seems similar...but the neck pu had high-E pole raised higher...is it normal?

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TubbyTone

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2011
1,574
The Sticks,Canada
I have an st54 and I'll tell you what....it has that strat tone....and I also have no idea what pickups are in it. They don't have the ceramic bar like tubbys, and they do have cloth wire, and they are just fat and dirty stratty. I just love it.

The v part of the neck is what was hard for me to get used to and a lot of things still are a little harder on it. When I play a lot of bar chords I tend to switch guitars to prevent hand cramps.

Congrats on the new strat:)

Edit...that actually looks just like mine, except for the neck stamp. What year is it? Let us know what you think of the pickups.

sounds like you got a TX model as well blasphmoustrat, one of the best ST-57 models ;) I have 57-62's installed in mine now it was a A series with ceramics 1985... this one here looks to be late 80's early 90's
 

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
I have an st54 and I'll tell you what....it has that strat tone....and I also have no idea what pickups are in it. They don't have the ceramic bar like tubbys, and they do have cloth wire, and they are just fat and dirty stratty. I just love it.

The v part of the neck is what was hard for me to get used to and a lot of things still are a little harder on it. When I play a lot of bar chords I tend to switch guitars to prevent hand cramps.

Congrats on the new strat:)

Edit...that actually looks just like mine, except for the neck stamp. What year is it? Let us know what you think of the pickups.

it's 2005/2006. i'll try it this saturday, and i'll let u know about the pickup's sound..
any ideas of the staggered pole on my above post?is it normal?
i've looking around,and found it should be the same staggered pole between mid/neck/bridge PU..but mine is different
 

TubbyTone

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2011
1,574
The Sticks,Canada
now i wonder about the staggered pole...
mine looks like this, the middle pu and the bridge seems similar...but the neck pu had high-E pole raised higher...is it normal?

IMG02880-20120126-1024.jpg

don't worry about the pole... they never seem to be perfect... and R/W = reverse wound ( hum cancelling) when used with a 5 way switch in 2 or 4 positions...
 

slianto

Strat-Talk Member
Jan 12, 2012
33
indonesia
don't worry about the pole... they never seem to be perfect... and R/W = reverse wound ( hum cancelling) when used with a 5 way switch in 2 or 4 positions...

thanks tubby! sorry for asking stupid question again, i'm trying to learn :D
how do u to tell (from my picture) if it have R/W or not?

also i need to change the strings since a few is broken already,
any string type do u suggest?expecially for this staggered pole pu.
i read the other thread about wound G string or unwound. I guess for the vintage staggered pole is better using wound G string?what size better?
 
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