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This is a great value for this mid-90s Fender Japan Stratocaster. This one is in very good cosmetic condition and great playing condition. The locking nut measures 1 11/16”. 25 1/2" scale length. The Rosewood fingerboard is in great shape, and the frets have plenty of life left. The neck is straight, and the truss rod works properly. As you can see it has the HSS configuration with a 5-way pickup selector switch and 1x tone, 1x volume. The input jack is in great condition and all electronics functions normally. Comes with the tremolo arm. A joy to play! Take a close look at all pics. This one has minor wear compared to most of this era.

It is well known that Fender USA was struggling with quality control and general production issues in the 90s, and Fender Japan stepped in with top-notch gear. This guitar is among them with some great upgrades to a standard strat: namely the Floyd Rose tremolo and the "flame" finish. Made in the Fuji-Gen factory.

Here is some info from speaking about the concept of the foto flame and the quality of these instruments.

The “Foto Flame” series was a short-lived, inexpensive attempt by Fender to compete with a growing “flame top” market such as PRS and Dean guitars. The “Foto Flame” is a thin piece of photographic film of some very highly figured wood laminated to the guitar, (thus the name Foto), developed by Fender, in connection some photographic corporation. (I have heard both Polaroid and Kodak, but most likely Fuji). When the “Foto Flame,” film is applied to the top, it makes the guitar appear as if it had high-end matchbook, figured Maple.

The way they shrink wrapped this film around the guitar is amazing and it is hard not to think it is real wood. The Japanese are masters at copying, as these guitars testify. In fact, the Fender USA guys "almost cried" when they saw the MIJ quality as Fender USA was trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout.

One thing is for sure, the quality of these is no joking matter. It is important to reiterate that these MIJ and CIJ Fender guitars were made at the Japanese Fuji Gen Gakki factory, which is the same factory making the $2,000.00 Ibanez guitars.

The craftsmanship is amazing. As with any guitar, if not set up right, can play like junk. The MIJ and CIJ guitars, with the correct set-up, will rival most USA models and it is said that was one of the reasons Fender moved a plant to Mexico and stopped importing the MIJ models. Simply put, they created too much competition with the US models. Hand down, MIJ is much

better than MIM (Made in Mexico).

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Listed8 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Foto Flame Standard HSS Stratocaster with Floyd Rose, Rosewood Fretboard
  • Flame
  • 1994
Made In
  • Japan
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Blue
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Wood Top Style
  • Figured Veneer
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Nut Width
  • 1.65"
Pickup Configuration
  • HSS
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Fretboard Radius
  • 9.5"
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
  • Fender Standard
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Locking Tremolo Bridge
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Body Material
  • Alder
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Product Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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