Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Stratocaster ‘72 vintage reissue model ST72-115 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the shortest lived top-tier models hailing from the golden age of “Made in Japan” production at the Fujigen factory, the ST72-115 was only available from 1986-87. Features include USA-made pickups, CTS pots, '70s spec Fender "F" tuners and block saddles, an ash body and a one-piece maple neck.
Utilizing the same pickups seen in the first American Standard Stratocasters (also first released in '86), these alnico magnet single coils are coupled to a five-way pickup selector. The tonewood pairing yields the glassy snap of maple and the note attack and midrange complexity of ash, with plenty of spank and bounce in the bridge position. The neck pickup is fat and punchy, and this guitar has a ton of natural sustain at a hearty 10lbs 3oz. This ST72-115 benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .885” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The slender fretwire is nigh flawless, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 2-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The large ‘70s-style headstock has a bullet truss rod nut and block logo, and the F-stamped tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The E-prefix serial is beneath the Fender logo, and the “Made in Japan” text is present above the three-bolt neck plate. The back of the headstock retains the small blue “115” sticker, denoting both the model tier of this instrument and the original price in Japan (¥115,000), and the neck heel and pocket have matching model stamps.
All of the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints on the original USA-made CTS pots which date to the 23rd week of 1986. The hardware has bright chrome plating, and the tremolo has 70s-spec block saddles and a full size block, complete with the original arm. The plastics are well-kept too, with some light yellowing of the knobs in particular. Wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to just a scant few nicks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter, and buckle wear, only on the plastic tremolo cavity cover. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.