ST 60s style


ST67-85 ST67-770 ST67-95

There are 3 models of ST67 the ST67-85 which appeared in 1989* to be replaced in 1990 by the ST67-770 again only lasted a year then reappeared as the ST67-95 in 1995 again only for about a year. The models all have identical specs except that the 770 has a lacquer finish.
Specifications
Body Alder Lacquer finish on the 770 only
Neck Maple Oval shape 324mm scale
Fretboard Maple 21 vintage frets 184mm radius
Headstock 60s style 60s gold transition logo 2 butterfly string trees truss rod adjustment at body end
Tuners Gotoh Diecast vintage style
Pickups 3 USA made vintage style
Controls 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch All white
Nut 42mms synthetic bone
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Vintage style Steel block
Pickguard 11 hole white 3 ply
Colours Vintage White only*

* Update August 2020
Following correspondence with Sam Malone I have done some more investigation and the ST67-85 actually appears in the 1986 catalogue still in Vintage white only, however I have also seen examples of early ST67s in Sunburst but none in the catalogues.


The ST67-95 with headstock detail

Update 28th February 2019
I have had an email from Tom who lives in Texas and has bought an ST67-95, his however is natural rather than vintage white. The guitar looks 100% genuine and I am sure it is. Showing once again that no information on MIJ guitars can ever be thought of as 100% complete. Thanks for the email and pictures Tom.
But see collectables below


Tom's Guitar from the sale advert.

ST68-85TX ST68-92TX ST68TX

Identical models in all ways except the ST68 had additional colours. Originally released in 1996 as the 85TX became the 92TX around 2006 and the ST68TX in 2008 continued until at least 2013. They are part of the craft premium range.
Specifications
Body Alder
Neck Maple Oval shape 324mm scale
Fretboard Maple 21 vintage frets 184mm radius
Headstock 60s style CBS logo 1 butterfly string tree truss rod adjustment at body end
Tuners Schaller F Key
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Controls 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch All white
Nut 40mms synthetic bone
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Vintage style Steel block
Pickguard 11 hole white 3 ply
Colours Vintage White only on all but the ST68TX which had 3 Tone Sunburst and Black as options
As might be expected the ST68-85TX was released at 85,000 yen and by 2013 the ST68TX was just short of 100,000 yen



The ST68TX with headstock detail

The ST66G-88 TX (also ST66G-90TX and ST66G-TX) and The ST65B-88TX

These two models appeared in the 2005/6 catalogue and lasted a little over a year. There had been a STG-88TX earlier and later after 2008 there was an ST66G-TX. All these STG66 guitars were the same guitar, just different designations. The G is for gold and the B is for binding. They are very rarely seen in the west.
ST66G-90TX etc
Specifications
Body Alder
Neck Maple Oval shape 324mm scale
Fretboard Rosewood 21 vintage frets 184mm radius
Headstock 60s style Transition Logo 1 butterfly string tree truss rod adjustment at body end
Tuners Vintage Grover style Gold
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Controls 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch All white
Hardware Gold
Bridge Vintage style Steel block
Pickguard 11 hole white 3 ply
Colours Black, Candy Apple Red, and Lake Placid Blue

ST65B-88TX
Specifications
Body Alder
Neck Maple Ivory Binding Oval shape 324mm scale
Fretboard Rosewood 21 vintage frets 184mm radius
Headstock 60s style Transition Logo 1 butterfly string tree truss rod adjustment at body end
Tuners Vintage Grover style
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Controls 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch All white
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Vintage style diecast block
Pickguard 11 hole white 3 ply
Colours Black, Candy Apple Red, 3 Tone Sunburst, Vintage White and Lake Placid Blue




This small picture of the 65B and the catalogue Scan are the only pictures I can find of these. The guitar is Ocean Turquoise metallic which was an FSR

ST66 LE

A member of the Strat forum Paulreedsmith (no not him) has pointed out that there was a Limited Edition in 2012 I have managed to find details in an old Ebay sale they are;
Body: Alder
Bridge: Fender Vintage ST
Colour/Finish: Shoreline Gold
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Machine Head: Kluson Style
Neck Joint: 4 x bolt
Neck Material: Maple
Number of Frets: 21
Nut: Plastic White
Scale: 648mm
Radius: 305mm
Truss Rod: 2-Way, Heel Adjustment
TREM System / Block: Fender Vintage / Steel
Pick Ups: Kinman Traditional Mk-III
Electronics: Kinman K9 Harness 1 x Volume 2 x Tone
Pick Guard: White Pearl
Hardware: Chrome
Noteworthy is the unusual radius for a vintage style MIJ. I don't know how many of these were made but they don't appear in any catalogues so are likely to be for a specific retailer. Paulreedsmith tells me he has seen a couple of these with 22 frets and has provided a picture of one




ST66 LE


with 22 frets

ST-80SPL

The 80 refers to the list price of 80,000 yen. This guitar is a 60s style strat not 80s. They were released in 2002 and lasted 3 or 4 years, they are recognisable by the gold hardware and very unusual colours.
Specifications
Body Ash
Neck Maple Oval shape 324mm scale
Fretboard Rosewood or Maple 21 frets 184mm radius
Headstock 60s style Gold Spaghetti Logo 1 butterfly string tree truss rod adjustment at body end
Tuners Vintage Kluson style
Pickups 3 USA made Texas Specials
Controls 1 volume 2 tone 5 way switch All white
Hardware Gold
Bridge Vintage style diecast block
Pickguard 11 hole white single ply
Colours Black Blue Velvet (BBV) White Purple or Pearl? Passion (WPP) and White Blue Velvet (WBV)


I have seen this colour referred to as White Purple Passion and White Pearl Passion Personally I don't see any purple

This is the Black Blue Velvet

This is the White Blue Velvet doesn't look at lot different from WPP when you see them in the catalogue

Detail of the headstock

Collectables series

In 1992 there appears in catalogues a section on Reissues later called collectables, spelled that way. Some of these are in fact MIJ Export models. There is a 68 Stratocaster and a 60s Stratocaster. The first is very similar to the ST67 and the second similar to an ST66. I now think Tom's ST 67 above may in fact be a 68 collectable model.
These are the Specs given on Launch

Model 60s 68
Body Basswood Basswood later Alder
Neck Maple U shaped later C shaped Maple U Shaped
Fretboard Rosewood 21 Frets 7.5" radius Maple 21 Frets 7.5" radius
Headstock Small Thin Spag logo Large Thicker Spag logo
Tuners Vintage Style Vintage Style
Trem Vintage Style Vintage Style
Pickups 3 Single Coil 3 Strat Reissue Single Coil*
Nut 41.2mm 41.2mm
Colours 3 Col Sunburst, Olympic White, Black or Candy Apple Red Left Handed Sunburst only 3 Colour Sunburst or Vintage White Left Handed no different

Some changes occurred before these vanished from the catalogues in 1999.
1996 Extra Colours added 60s Shell Pink and Sonic Blue 68 Natural
Appear in the Frontline which describes them as Reissues and describes the pickups on both as just 3 single coils almost certainly Ceramics.
1997 The 60s is described as having aged plastic parts and now having a C shaped neck. The 68 now has an Alder body. The 68 is stated to have a 3 ply BWB pickguard which it always had.
No further changes. Models vanished from Catalogues around 1999.

Pictures are difficult to come by perhaps because many owners or sellers don't know what they have.
Here are scans from the catalogue.

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