Up for sale, a 1990 Fender STR-680 Pro-Feel Series Stratocaster in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of the short-lived, upper-tiered Pro-Feel series, this rare STR-680 model was expertly crafted at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market. With a poplar body, Blueberry Burst-finished birdseye maple veneers on the top and back, 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 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 rounded C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and an effortless, fast feel in every register, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a riff-friendly 12" radius and original jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and plenty of meat, showing only light wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays well 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 is fitted with a gold string retainer bar and the original “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.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls governing the HSS pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots are present, dating to March of 1990. The Ex-Trem Floyd Rose Licensed tremolo comes complete with the original arm, actuating easily for deep divebombs or more subtle expressive work. The trem system backplate has been removed, but is still present. The gold hardware shows consistent patina across the plating. All original plastics are intact including the pair of knobs and multi-ply black pickguard which shows some requisite scuffing across the strum path.
The Blueberry Burst gloss finish highlights the birdseye maple figuring extending across the top and back of the body, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings and scratches across the gloss finish, particularly concentrated along the lower bout body edge. There is also a professionally addressed hairline split extending from the treble-side corner of the neck pocket. The satin finish is smooth on the palm, with, and a few minor marks along the profile that don’t impact playability whatsoever.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.