Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Stratocaster '72 vintage reissue model ST72-700SC in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Of the myriad Yngwie Malmsteen Strats offered by Fender Japan, the ST72-700SC was closest in its feature set to an unaltered 1972 Stratocaster model, save for the scalloped maple fingerboard. Made in Japan at the famed Fujigen factory, this '72 Strat has both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known. The body is loaded with the original trio of ST-Current alnico magnet single coil pickups, with each position on the five-way pickup selector switch offering a distinct and sweet-sounding voice. The pickups deliver throaty, rich lead tones in the neck position, thinned out squawk in positions 2 and 4, and a snappy, cutting bridge. Weighing 8lbs 7oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender, shred-worthy C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The slender frets on the scalloped 10" radius fretboard are pristine. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the large '70s-style headstock has the correct block logo, dual string trees and chrome Gotoh tuning machines. The blue "70" sticker is still present on the back of the headstock, denoting a 70,000 yen price when sold new. The "Made in Japan" text and H-prefix serial number are present just above the three-bolt F neck plate, and the factory ST72-86DSC model stamp is intact on the neck heel (the ST72-700SC and ST72-86DSC Yngwie Malmsteen Strats shared the same neck), with a ST72-70SC stamp in the neck pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should with the stock pickup configuration wired to a five-way pickup selector switch and full-size pots that date to March of 1990. Original plastics comprise pickup covers and knobs which show uniform yellowing, and a three-ply white pickguard. The chrome plating on the hardware shows modest surface patina, and the guitar has a vibrato with a full-size diecast block, responding effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles. The finish is abbreviated "YWH" in the '90 Fender Japan catalog for "Yellow White," an Olympic White finish with a more yellowed appearance to approximate natural clear coat aging. Cosmetic wear is limited to a couple scuffs on the lower bout from the trem arm, and a small finish chip at the treble side of the neck pocket. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
An ESP-branded gigbag is included.