Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Stratocaster model ST72-FR SSH in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. A very rare Japanese domestic market model virtually unseen outside its country of origin, this Fender features an SSH pickup configuration, Floyd Rose-style locking tremolo, 22 fret maple fretboard with jumbo fretwire, and distinctive large '70s headstock shape with block logo. Designed for high gain performance, the Gotoh humbucker in the bridge position dishes out plenty of power and punch, with middle and neck position alnico magnet single coils that are ideal for cutting cleans and articulate phrasing. Tonewoods include an ash body and maple neck, and this guitar weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full, inviting shoulders, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The 22-fret maple fretboard has a modern 9 1/2” radius with flawless jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures 42mm (1.653”) in width. The large ‘70s-style headstock has a clean block logo and string retainer bar, and the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the SSH pickup complement governed by a five-way selector switch and standard Volume/Tone/Tone controls. An upgraded Sprague Orange Drop tone cap has been installed, and the circuit features a two-way mini toggle to coil tap the Gotoh humbucker (the mini toggle is possibly aftermarket, but inconclusive). The Gotoh High Stability Tremolo System is a high quality Floyd Rose variant with comparable performance and gleaming chrome plating.
The gloss Cherry Red Sunburst finish is particularly bold and vibrant, highlighting the dynamic grain of the ash body. This is a well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to a few minor marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. The smooth semi-gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless and feels lightning fast in the palm.
A Fender gigbag is included.