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1985 Fender Stratocaster '72 Electric Guitar ST72-55 Black w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Stratocaster '72 vintage reissue model ST72-55 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced very early in the original "Made in Japan"  Fujigen factory production run, this Strat has both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known.

Featuring upgraded pickups in the middle and bridge positions, there's plenty to love about this guitar, and each position on the five-way pickup selector switch is distinct. The original PU-3 neck pickup offers throaty, rich lead tones, while the middle pickup is a Seymour Duncan Alnico II APS2 with flat poles, a black fiber bobbin, and cloth-covered leads. This Duncan delivers sweet-sounding trebles and bell-like chime, complimenting the outer two coils in positions 2 and 4 on the switch. The bridge pickup is an unmarked boutique design with a black bobbin and copper baseplate for Tele-style twang and cut. This Strat weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The neck profile has a nicely worn-in feel through much of the original gloss, and the maple fingerboard shows some natural playwear as well. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and stock slender fretwire has ostensibly been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The large headstock has the correct block logo and bullet-style truss rod adjustment, and the chrome Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The guitar retains its early "Made in Japan" text on the neck heel and E-prefix serial number on the headstock.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of single coils wired to original full-size pots that date to 1985. The body features a non-original humbucker route in the bridge position, and while the route isn't the prettiest, thankfully all sins are covered by the black three-ply pickguard. The guitar has a full-size tremolo block for optimal sustain, and the vibrato responds effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The original black plastic parts and pickguard are clean, matching the Black gloss body finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to a finish chip on the bass side edge of the neck pocket, with light buckle rash on the back, and light scattered marks and scuffs on the body as a whole.