Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Stratocaster ‘72 vintage reissue model ST72-65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Produced at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, this “Made in Japan” Strat was part of Fender Japan’s Order Made program, essentially a custom shop for non-catalog, one-off instruments. With the Order Made designation in mind, this particular Strat largely adheres to standard ST72 model specs, perhaps with the notable exception of particularly visually appealing tonewoods.
Featuring a lightly figured sen ash body with dynamic grain, a maple neck, and thick, dark slab rosewood fretboard, and this guitar has an acoustic voice emblematic of its construction with a smooth, detailed midrange, clear low end and snappy trebles. The stock trio of ST-Current single coil pickups feature ceramic magnet construction, offering more punch and power than an alnico design, sounding distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. This Strat weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a moderately chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is in fantastic shape, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The large headstock sports a bullet truss nut, block logo, and Gotoh tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and N-prefix serial are present above the three-bolt F neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment, and the neck pocket retains its “Order Made” stamp.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints. The jack cup and bridge base still have plenty of shine, with a light dusting of patina on the block saddles. The vibrato has a full-size diecast block, actuating smoothly and bouncing quickly back to pitch from surfy warbles and deeper dives. Plastics comprise the original knobs and the three-ply black pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a small area of buckle worming on the lower bout on the back and a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the body perimeter and on the top behind the bridge. The neck retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.