Up for sale, a 1989 Fender STR-730 Pro-Feel Series HSH Stratocaster in exceptional, 100% original 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-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 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 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with fast action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The very thick slab rosewood fretboard features a player-friendly 12" radius and original jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, 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, 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 1989, 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. The Blueberry Sunburst gloss finish highlights the dense birdseye figuring on the maple top, and cosmetic wear is limited to some pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, and just a few finish scratches on the back and minor marks on the lower bout body edge. The neck profile has a smooth satin finish.