Meet the Stratocaster Custom, a Fender Japan signature model that combines the Strat and Tele into a unique new form – and it’s absolutely full of surprises

Fender Japan Souichiro Yamauchi Stratocaster Custom
(Image credit: Fender Japan)

Fujifabric guitarist Souichiro Yamauchi has killer form in producing eye-catching signature guitars, but his latest is something else altogether: melding the specs of a Tele Custom and his beloved ’52 Strat into one hybrid model, the Stratocaster Custom.

Yamauchi’s first signature model was based on that aforementioned Fiesta Red ’52 Strat, and became his iconic go-to for much of his time with the Japanese rock band, using made in the USA plastics and Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups in a Fender Japan build. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.