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1987 Fender Stratocaster '72 Vintage Reissue ST72-65 w/ Scalloped Board, Ritchie Blackmore, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1987 Fender '72 vintage reissue Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early "Made in Japan" example from the Fujigen factory, this ST72-65 model Strat channels Ritchie Blackmore with a lightly scalloped slab rosewood fretboard, large '70s headstock with block logo, bullet truss rod, Olympic White finish, and black plastic pickup covers and knobs.

There's plenty to love about this guitar, and each position on the five-way pickup selector switch is distinct. From throaty, rich lead tones in the neck position, thinned out squawk in positions 2 and 4, and a bell-like, shimmery bridge pickup, this Strat covers all the classic tonal bases via the original trio of alnico magnet PU-3 pickups. Weighing 7lbs 14oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 9-42 strings.

The lightly figured maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and a hair more heft as you travel up the fingerboard. The dark, tight-grained rosewood fretboard is lightly scalloped, and the scalloping favors the treble side of the board, growing gradually more prominent in the higher registers. The original slender frets are practically perfect, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The bone nut measures 1.660" in width (a hair over 1 5/8"), and the large headstock has an era-correct block logo, with a set of original Gotoh tuning machines that turn smoothly with notably clean chrome plating. The "Made in Japan" text and E-prefix serial number are present above the three-bolt F neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots which date to January of 1987. The guitar has a full-size zinc tremolo block too for optimal sustain and clarity, and the vibrato responds effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The chrome plating on the hardware shows only light surface patina, and all of the original plastics are intact, with some requisite pick scuffing across the three-ply pickguard.

The Olympic White gloss finish is the perfect shade of cream, and the finish has aged gracefully over the plast nearly 35 years. The finish has the appearance of a toasted marshmallow on the body perimeter, with isolated spots of finish darkening, as well as some very faint darker mottling on the gloss on the lower bout body edge and belly contour on the back. Very well-kept, cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a few stray dings on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a silky smooth lightly ambered gloss finish, highlighting light curly figuring in the maple on the profile length.

The original Fender Japan gigbag is included.