Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Stratocaster ‘72 vintage reissue model ST72-55 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtags. Produced during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production at the Fujigen factory, this Strat was marketed exclusively to the Japanese domestic market and is uncommon outside of its country of origin.
Tonewoods include a sen ash body and a maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard, and this guitar has an authoritative natural acoustic profile with midrange push and treble cut. The upgraded pickups are a set of black bobbin Fender American Vintage 57/62 single coils with staggered alnico pole pieces, delivering quintessential sparkling Strat tones at every position on the five-way selector switch. The neck pickup is full-sounding with a throaty warmth, the “in-between” positions have hollow quack, and the bridge has an upper midrange sparkle and cut. This Strat weighs 8lbs 1oz, 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 generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is pristine. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The large headstock sports an era-accurate block logo, bullet truss rod, and Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The “Made in Japan” text and E-prefix serial are present above the three-bolt F-embossed neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the upgraded Fender American Vintage pickups wired to the original harness with full-size pots that date to January, 1989. The chrome-plated bridge base, jack cup, and block saddles are notably clean, and the vibrato has a full-size diecast block, actuating smoothly and bouncing quickly back to pitch. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the three-ply white pickguard.
The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish highlights the dynamic grain in the sen ash body, and cosmetic wear limited to a scant few tiny dings on the lower bout perimeter and back, as well as a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the factory hangtags.