Up for sale, a 1980's Moon Custom Guitars model ST-177 Bartolini in near mint, 100% original condition and perfect working order. Made in Japan, Moon is a highly regarded, quality boutique brand rarely seen outside its country of origin.
This ST-177 Bartolini is a very rare, high-tiered iteration of Moon's Superstrat platform, boasting a solid ash body, maple neck, and thick slab 22 fret rosewood fretboard. The trio of passive Bartolini pickups are smooth, rich, and detailed. Each pickup setting is distinct and sparkling, and a push/pull Volume knob cuts the number of coil windings in half for more mellow, vintage sound. The Tone control has an additional push/pull, engaging the bridge pickup when the neck pickup is selected for that elusive Bridge + Neck Strat sound that's equal parts snappy and round. Weighing 10lbs, this Moon has plenty of natural sustain and midrange authority, professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, offering an effortless feel in every register and measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The 22 fret thick slab rosewood fretboard has a flat 12" radius and original medium jumbo fretwire that retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The frets show only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. Other standard Strat specs include a 25 1/2“ scale length and a carved bone nut that measures 1 5/8” in width. On the headstock, the original Moon waterslide decal is flawless, and the stock black Kluson-style tuners function reliably with clean plating.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of Bartolini pickups wired to Master Volume and Tone knobs, each with push/pull functionality. The vibrato has a traditional six screw design with modern block saddles, and the black hardware shows just a hint of surface patina on the saddles. The instrument is exceedingly well-kept, with only a few tiny marks on the gently ambered Natural gloss finish, and a few light finish scratches on the back, largely relegated to the plastic tremolo cavity cover.
A gigbag is included.