Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster Order Made ‘72 vintage reissue model ST72-500 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, featuring a non-catalog custom color Lake Placid Blue finish. This Stratocaster was made during the golden age of Fender Japan production at the Fujigen factory, and the Order Made program represented a sort of custom shop with non-catalog finish and component options (in this case, a rare custom color finish).
Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard, and the stock trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups offer a range of traditional Strat tonalities: the bridge has ample spank and sparkle, the neck has throaty, full-sounding warmth, and the in-between positions on the five-way pickup selector switch have quintessential hollow Strat quack. This ST72-500 weighs 7lbs 8oz, 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 well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect. 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 ‘70s-style headstock sports an era-accurate block logo and bullet truss rod adjustment, and the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The “Made in Japan” text and K-prefix serial are present above the three-bolt, “F”-embossed neck plate. Both the neck heel and pocket have matching “Order Made” stamps and order numbers, and the CST-50 designation (Current Stratocaster) was used on early examples of the ST72 model.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots that date to April, 1991. Chrome-plated hardware includes the vibrato which has a full-size block, actuating smoothly and complete with '70s-spec block saddles and the original vibrato arm. Plastics include the three-ply white pickguard, trio of knobs, and uniformly yellowed pickup covers.
The Lake Placid Blue custom color gloss finish shows some greening of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear includes some pick scuffing beyond the pickguard edge at the bass-side waist and a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body's lower bout. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
The original faux leather gigbag is included along with the Fender Japan user manual.