Up for sale, a 1988 Fender STR75 Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this rare STR75 model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market. With jumbo fretwire, gold hardware, a Floyd Rose Licensed tremolo, contoured neck heel, and HSS pickup array, this guitar fits easily into the Superstrat category.
Tonewoods include a poplar body with figured birdseye maple veneers on the top and back, highlighted by a Cherry Sunburst gloss finish and paired with a maple neck. The guitar has a smooth, balanced natural acoustic sound that translates well through the HSS pickup complement. The stock ceramic magnet Hotrod-7S single coils in the neck and middle positions have oversized poles similar to a Duncan Quarter Pounder, offering plenty of sparkle and cut with more authority and punch than alnico magnets, while the Dragster humbucker in the bridge position is designed for higher gain with a cutting, powerful sound. The guitar weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action, spot-on intonation, and 9-42 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast feel in every register, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features jumbo frets, ostensibly leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime and retaining plenty of meat. There's some playwear through the gloss on the fretboard from frets 1-5, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, and the headstock has a global string tree and the “Made in Japan”-stamped Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan'' text and H-prefix serial number are present above the contoured four-bolt neck plate, and the STR75 stamps are present on the neck heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch and knurled gold Master Volume and Tone controls governing the HSS pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots are present, dating to August of 1988. The gold Ex-Trem Floyd Rose Licensed tremolo comes complete with the original arm, actuating easily for deep divebombs or more subtle expressive work. The gold hardware shows light-but-consistent patina across the plating.
The Cherry Red Sunburst gloss finish is remarkably clean, highlighting the birdseye maple figuring which extends across the top and back of the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches on the back of the body. The satin finish on the neck profile is similarly clean.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the tremolo cavity cover.