Up for sale, a 1988 Fender STR-730 Pro-Feel Series HSH Stratocaster in perfect working order with a Blueberry Sunburst custom color gloss finish. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this exceedingly rare STR-730 model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market. With a birdseye maple top and back over a poplar body, gold hardware, Floyd Rose Licensed "Ex-Trem" tremolo, contoured neck heel, and HSH pickup array, this guitar sits comfortably in the Super Strat category. The Dragster-8H humbucker pair delivers meaty, powerful tonalities, with a Hotrod-7S middle position ceramic magnet single coil that offers more cut and treble-centric snap. In addition to the five-way pickup selector switch, a mini two-way global coil tap toggle allows for additional single coil voicings from the humbucker pair. The guitar weighs 8lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with fast action, spot-on intonation, and 9-42 strings.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The 22 fret slab maple fretboard features a player-friendly 12" radius and original jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, with grooves beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12, and fainter wear until fret 15. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale. The locking nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock is fitted with a gold retainer bar and the original Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text and E-prefix serial number are present just above the contoured four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector, two-way mini coil tap switch, and Master Volume and Tone controls governing the HSH pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to 1988, capped with knurled gold knobs, and there is uniform surface patina across the gold plating on the hardware. The Ex-Trem Floyd Rose Licensed vibrato comes complete with a modern black arm, actuating easily for deep divebombs or more subtle expressive work.
The Blueberry Sunburst gloss finish highlights the dense birdseye figuring on the maple top and back, and while the finish on top has a more muted appearance, the back retains the original saturated purple shade. The guitar exhibits some pick scuffing across the guard, with scattered small dings and finish scuffs, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. The neck retains its smooth gloss finish on the profile, worn through from contact with the hand along the bass side of the neck carve and treble-side shoulder, with sporadic wear through the fretboard gloss as well.
A gigbag is included.