Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Stratocaster '72 vintage reissue model ST72-55 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced early in the golden age of "Made in Japan" Fujigen factory production, this Strat has both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known. Meant for the Japanese domestic market, this Stratocaster is quite rare outside its country of origin.
The original trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups are coupled to a five-way switch, and each pickup position offers a distinct and sweet-sounding voice. The pickups deliver throaty, rich lead tones in the neck position, thinned out squawk in positions 2 and 4, and a snappy, cutting bridge. This Strat weighs 8lbs, 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 dark rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and stock slender fretwire retains its full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The large headstock has the correct block logo, E-prefix serial number, dual string trees and bullet-style truss rod adjustment, and the chrome Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of single coils wired to original full-size pots that date to March of 1986. 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 bridge has bright chrome plating and only faint surface patina, and all the original plastics are intact including uniformly aged pickup covers.
The Olympic White gloss finish exhibits an outline and mild finish reaction where a sticker was previously placed behind the bridge, along with the faint outline of two removed script letters on the bass-side body horn. Wear is otherwise limited to some dings on the lower bout body edge, scuffs between the neck plate and tremolo cavity, and a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile shows only one very shallow finish chip just to the treble side of the walnut skunk stripe behind fret 3 which isn't distracting to the palm while fretting.