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Fender Antigua Stratocaster Crafted in Japan, 2002 – 2004

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Crafted for Fender Japan, this Fender Antigua Stratocaster dates to 2002-2004 and was built by Tokai Gakki in Hammamatsu. It is one of about 400 built. The heel carries the serial number and the ‘Crafted in Japan’ logo, and these reveal the builder.

We also have recently listed a matching Fender Antigua Telecaster from the same period and maker, and there were about 400 of those built.

When CBS sold Fender Management the company, the deal did not include plant or fixtures, leaving Fender with no US production facilities. Consequently Fender relied on its Japanese partners, with priority going to Fuji-Gen Gakki. Part of that arrangement was that only Fuji-Gen could use the ‘Made in Japan’ logo, and any other builders had to use ‘Crafted in Japan’.

Here we’re looking at a Fender Antigua Stratocaster from the 2002-2004 period, intended for sale in Japan. It is in very good, clean condition but is not entirely original – the original pickups have been replaced with a Lace Sensor noiseless set.

The Antigua finish was used on only a few guitars from the late 1960’s, and first on the Coronado model. Unfortunately, on one Coronado run the binding burned the body edges. To avoid trashing them, a new finish was applied with a yellowish center and dark edges. While it has never been an extremely popular finish, it’s certainly eye-catching!

There is very little wear of any kind on this guitar, and the finish is in good clean condition. It plays well, and there’s no mistaking the Antigua finish!

A non-original rectangular hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $1,599.99 CAD
  • Model: Stratocaster
  • Year: 2003 | Approximate year
  • Finish Antigua
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: Q034528, built between 2002-2004 in Hamamatsu by Tokai Gakki
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 22/04/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.832lbs 3.56kg
  • Scale Length: 647.7mm 25.5in
  • Nut Width: 41.02mm 1.615in

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