Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Stratocaster '72 vintage reissue model ST72-70 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare top-tier iteration of the '72 Strat platform, this guitar was produced during the golden age of "Made in Japan" production at the Fujigen factory, with the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known. This model was also offered exclusively to the domestic Japanese audience, rarely seen outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard, and the instrument has a natural midrange authority and clear note attack indicative of ash as a tonewood. Loaded with the same USA-made single coils seen on early American Standard Stratocaster models, these alnico magnet pickups deliver a broad array of traditional Strat tonalities via the five-way pickup selector switch. 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. Weighing 7lbs 9oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a round, chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay and a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius with slender fretwire that retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"), and the large headstock has the era-correct block logo, bullet truss rod nut, and set of original Gotoh tuning machines. The E-prefix serial number is present on the headstock face below the Fender name, and the "Made in Japan" text is just north of the three-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of USA-made alnico magnet single coils wired to the stock Japanese harness with full-size pots that date to June of 1988. 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 chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, and all original black plastics are accounted for, with some expected pick scuffing on the treble side of the three-ply pickguard.
The Natural gloss finish has gracefully ambered over the decades, highlighting the grain of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to some tiny nicks clustered between the belly carve and vibrato route on the back, and a few additional minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish is retained on the neck, with just a few minor marks on the profile length.