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1988 Fender Stratocaster STR-70 SSH Black w/ Seymour Duncan Hot Rails & Floyd Rose, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Fender Pro Feel Stratocaster model STR-70 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Part of the upper-tiered Pro Feel series of instruments, this shred-ready “Made in Japan” Superstrat was crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, with premium, player-friendly features including a contoured heel joint, modern radius, and a Fender Ex-Trem tremolo.

Tonewoods include a poplar body and a maple neck with a slab 22 fret maple fingerboard, and this guitar has a smooth, balanced acoustic profile with excellent articulation, faithfully captured by the SSH pickup complement. The original Dragster in the bridge position has a throaty richness and top end bite, taking gain notably well. The neck and middle pickups have been upgraded to a pair of Seymour Duncan Hot Rails single coil-sized humbuckers, which use a ceramic magnet and overwound coils to deliver big sounding, well-balanced humbucker tones for warm cleans and thick, fluid solos. Each position on the five-way pickup selector switch is distinctive and vital, and this Strat weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with pronounced, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fretboard has a 12" (305mm) radius, with playwear through the gloss finish on much of the fretboard. The original jumbo fretwire has plenty of meat, with well-rounded crowns, showing moderate wear beneath the plain string on frets 1-10 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This STR-70 plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the locking nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock retains the original gold tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, exhibiting uniform surface patina. The “Made in Japan” text and E-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt contoured neck heel, which also has a micro-tilt adjustment, and the neck heel and pocket have matching model stamps.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickup complement is wired to the stock harness, governed by a five-way pickup selector switch with Master Volume and Tone controls, with original full-size Japanese pots that date to June of ‘88. The gold-plated hardware has plenty of shine and light surface patina, comprising the pair of dome-topped knurled knobs, jack cup, and Fender Ex-Trem Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo. The tremolo is responsive and actuates smoothly, offering effortless dynamic expression and snapping quickly back from deep dives. The three-ply black pickguard rounds out the plastics, with light scuffing along the strum path.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a handful of minor nicks on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the lower bout, significant buckle rash on the back largely concentrated at the belly contour and waist, and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile has a worn-in, easy playing feel, with some shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.