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1995 Fender '72 Stratocaster ST72-65 Sunburst w/ Gold Hardware & Van Zandt Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stratocaster '72 vintage reissue model ST72-65 in perfect working order, augmented with all-gold hardware and a set of Van Zandt Vintage Plus single coil pickups. This golden age Made in Japan Strat boasts a large headstock, sen ash body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard.

The trio of Van Zandt Vintage Plus single coil pickups are wound to recreate classic ‘60s-style Strat tonalities, with plenty of sparkle and a balanced sound in all positions. The bridge delivers snap and cut, the neck has a throaty, bell-like chime, with quintessential Strat quack at the in-between positions of the five-way pickup selector switch. This Strat weighs 7lbs 6oz, 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 modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius with pearloid dot inlay and flawless slender fretwire. This Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, and the large headstock sports an era-accurate block logo. The upgraded set of gold Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and S-prefix serial are present just above the F-embossed four-bolt neck plate, and curiously enough, both the neck pocket and heel have matching "Order Made" stamps from Fender Japan's early program for custom, non-catalog options, although all stock components appear to align with factory spec for this model.

All of the electronics function as intended, and the trio of Van Zandt Vintage Plus pickups are wired to the stock harness with a five-way pickup selector switch and standard Volume/Tone/Tone control array. The upgraded gold hardware shows uniform surface patina, including the jack cup, strap buttons, and vibrato, which has a full-size block and returns reliably to pitch. Plastics include the three-ply white pickguard, uniformly aged pickup covers, and a modern trio of cream knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish includes some small dings and scuffs where the forearm crosses the top, and a number of minor marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.