Up for sale, a 1988 Fender STR-75R Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a Blueberry Sunburst custom color finish. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this exceedingly rare STR-75R model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market. With a birdseye maple top over an alder body, gold hardware, Floyd Rose Licensed tremolo, contoured neck heel, and HSS pickup array, this guitar sits comfortably in the Super Strat category. The guitar has a smooth, balanced sound that translates well through the HSS pickup complement. The stock ceramic magnet single coils in the neck and middle positions offer plenty of sparkle and cut with more authority and punch than alnico magnets, while the humbucker is an upgraded USA-made Seymour Duncan "Duncan Custom" SH-5. The Duncan Custom is a bigger, beefier iteration of the PAF, perfect for searing leads and huge chords. The ceramic magnet and custom coil design provides compressed dynamics with an enhanced harmonic structure and excellent low-frequency response. The guitar weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with fast action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile with good shoulder and an effortless, fast feel in every register, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a player-friendly 12" radius and original jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat with well rounded crowns, showing light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-10, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls governing the HSS pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to 1988, capped with knurled gold knobs. The Ex-Trem Floyd Rose Licensed vibrato comes complete with the original arm, actuating easily for deep divebombs or more subtle expressive work. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing on the treble side of the path, and light marks and finish scratches relegated to the body perimeter consistent with careful use. The neck profile gloss finish is clean and smooth.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.