Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Stratocaster ‘72 vintage reissue model ST72-58US in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, the ST72-58US model is an upscale iteration rarely seen outside its country of origin, featuring USA-made American Vintage 57/62 single coils with black bobbins, staggered alnico magnets, and cloth-covered leads.
Designed to pay homage to the Strats of the early '70s with a large headstock, block logo, three-bolt F neck plate and block bridge saddles, this Stratocaster has plenty of sparkle and spank on tap. Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard, yielding a smooth, chiming natural acoustic quality. The bridge pickup provides sweet sparkle and cut, while the "in-between" positions on the five-way pickup selector switch deliver classic hollow quack. The neck pickup is bold and round with a throaty zing that's harmonically rich and great for lead work. Acoustically resonant and well-balanced on a strap, this Strat weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in all registers, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are practically perfect with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16”). The large 70s-style headstock sports a block logo and bullet truss adjustment, and the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and S-prefix serial number are present above the three-bolt “F” neck plate.
On the body, the electronics all work as they should, with three original staggered pole un-beveled alnico V magnet Fender American Vintage 57/62 single coils with cloth-covered leads. The vintage-style vibrato is faithful to Fender's early 1970's design, sporting block saddles and notably clean chrome plating. Plastics include the original trio of black knobs and black pickup covers, and the three-ply white pickguard has some light, requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.
This is an exceedingly well-kept example, with a particularly bright Olympic White gloss finish that exhibits just a scant few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.