The latest thinking is to take a Japanese Vintage reissue and give it the flatter radius fingerboard and medium jumbo frets of its more expensive American Custom Shop sibling. Factor in American Vintage Reissue pickups and a whole host of cool retro colours ( Candy Tangarine is still my favourite), and it looks good.
Then you realise that on the Stratocaster they’ve added a two point tremelo with Vintage saddles and a satin finish neck and it gets better.
While Fender have banned export of new domestic market Fender Japan guitars. I’m sure some quality time spent on various global market sites will mean some enterprising soul will want to sell you one. Factor in shipping cost plus 23% Duty & VAT and your still only just nudging over the current retail of an American Special Strat.
Fender have done this CS influenced concept before with the Mexican Roadworn guitars which have had plenty of acclaim. Then there was also the 2005 FSR American Deluxe 60’s Stratocaster which placed the modern electronics and flatter board/bigger fret combination of an American Deluxe on the AVRI 60’s reissue platform. But as this author struggled to actually find anyone stocking them a week after a delightful afternoon spent with one. They were only available for seemingly 5 minutes.