Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster model ST72-FR in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very rare Japanese domestic market model virtually unseen outside its country of origin, this Strat features an HSS pickup configuration, USA-made Floyd Rose tremolo, and scalloped slab rosewood fretboard.
The pickups have been upgraded with a complement of USA-made Seymour Duncans, with a pair of Quarter Pound SSL-7 overwound single coils in the neck and middle positions, and a TB-11 Custom Custom Trembucker at the bridge. Packing plenty of punch and engineered to handle high gain in every pickup position, these Seymour Duncans are coupled to the original wiring harness and five-way switch. The SSL-7 is notable for having staggered oversized alnico V magnets and overzealous coil windings, providing the perfect platform for crunchy palm-muted rhythms and scorching upper-register leads. The TB-11 humbucker in the bridge position has a vintage-style tonal response with increased output, featuring Alnico II magnet construction for warm and smooth highs, extra midrange, and a spongy vintage-style low end. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The dark 21 fret scalloped rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and flawless slender fretwire. The scalloping favors the treble side of the board with consistent, deep C-shaped valleys, while the bass side of the board has more “ramped” scalloping, where the valley gets deeper just before the next fret. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", and the locking nut measures 42mm in width (just a hair under 1 11/16"). The headstock features a '70s-style block logo and bullet truss rod with Gotoh tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial number are present above the three-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the upgraded HSS USA-made Seymour Duncan pickup complement wired to the stock harness. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and the USA Floyd Rose functions effortlessly for sharp bends and deep divebombs. The plastic parts are near mint save for some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard.
The finish is officially abbreviated OCR for "Old Candy Red," representing a darker, vintage-correct shade of the classic Candy Apple Red custom color. Cosmetic wear is limited to some dings on the lower bout on the back, with a few additional scuffs on the edge of the belly carve and on the body perimeter. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.