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A real Fender from the 1980s!

I bought this interesting Strat second hand in 2001, after finding it was much nicer to play than the Squier Strat I had at the time. It’s a good quality working guitar for a musician wanting a real Fender

I’m no guitar collector or expert, just a player, so these details are what I can find out based on the serial number (E768184) and quite a lot of online research. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Contemporary_Stratocaster_Japan, it’s a 1987 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster E Series.

In 2019 I decided to sell it because someone drew my attention to what a desirable guitar it is, which made me think about selling it in order to fund the purchase of a Variax (which suits my musical requirements more now.) I’ve adapted this page from my ebay listing.


I had the pickup nearest the bridge replaced with what I think is a humbucker pickup. The locking tuner on the headstock had been removed before I purchased it, and the whammy bar was missing too. There seems to still be a thread in the hole. I can’t tell you what other changes the previous owner(s) may have made to the guitar, but I do know that it’s nice to play and everything on it works fine (switches, knobs, pegs, pickups, sound output)

I’ve made this video showing the features of this instrument. Look at the big pictures below for a close up view. Note that I’ve made a few mistakes in the video which are corrected in the description, eg the tremolo system is a stock one - I couldn’t believe that the simple spring-and-screw system wasn’t home-made!

Further specs, based on what I can find out about the serial number. I hope these details accurately match the guitar I have, but I’m not able to fully authenticate all the woods and components.

Huge pictures

Open, zoom in and have a good look around.

mij fender strat

mij fender strat

mij fender strat

mij fender strat


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“Are 1987 Japanese Strats heavier than average Strats”

“  >   REPLY: Sorry, I’ve not been able to find that out and I’ve since sold the guitar so I can’t weigh it for you.”

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