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2012 Fender Japan ST-72  Stratocaster (Modified) Vintage White/Maple

£729.00 + shipping






 Another lovely reissue from Fender Japan. The Fender Japan 1972 Stratocasters were an excellent guitar this one was originally fitted with Fender Japan ST Single Coil pickups. This guitar has been upgraded and has been fitted with Seymour Duncan SSL-4 "Quarterpound" pickups at the neck and bridge positions to boost the power. Here's what Seymour Duncan say about these pickups:


"With more than twice the power of a traditional Stratocaster single-coil, the Quarter Pound pickups will transform any Stratocaster into a mean growling beast, bring you a fat, punchy tone with plenty of top end sparkle. These high output Strat pickups will give you big, beefy chords, and single notes will jump out in a way that no other pickup can deliver. The individually hand-polished ¼” diameter alnico 5 magnets help to give it plenty of the high-end sparkle and upper midrange harmonics that make this pickup so special."


This guitar is finished in popular Vintage White with a Maple neck & Rosewood fretboard. The pickguard has also been changed to a black one which looks pretty good. When I checked the pickups, I noticed one additional hole drilled to accommodate the change. The original one had been plugged.

The 70's Stratocasters featured Maple necks, large headstock & a bullet trussrod. Other features were a 7.25" fretboard radius, a 3 ply pickguard, chrome block saddles & a 3 point neck bolt with micro-tilt adjustment.

This guitar is in excellent condition considering it is over 10 years old. I noticed one dent on the bottom edge. I haven't repaired it as Vintage White is so difficult to match as the colour fades. Also, the guitar has had a sticker on the back plate at some time leaving a colour change on its removal. There are photos in the gallery. All in all it looks great & the USA Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups sound awesome.

Fender Japan ST-72US Stratocaster Vintage White/R




Body Material Basswood Body

Finish Natural Polyester

Body Shape Stratocaster®

Weight 3.35 kg



Neck Material Maple

Neck Finish Polyester

Neck Shape Slim "C" Shape

Scale Length 25.5 "(648 mm)

Fingerboard Material Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius 7.25 "(184.1 mm)

Number of Frets twenty-one

Fret Size Vintage Style

Nut Material Bone

Nut Width 1.650 "(42 mm)

Position Inlays White Dots



Bridge pickup: USA Seymour Duncan SSL-4

Middle pickup:    Fender Japan ST

Neck Pickup:    USA Seymour Duncan SSL-4


Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)

Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup Configuration SSS.



Bridge 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo

Hardware Finish Chrome 

Tuning Machines: Fender Japan "F" Stamped tuners

Pickguard 3-Ply Black (Replacement)

Control Knobs Black Plastic

Switch Tip Black

Neck Plate 4-Bolt Chrome 

Comes with Thomann/Gear4Music Black Hard Case


Hard Case Policy


As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £50 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag.

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.


Or, you can buy quickly and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button and I will ship to most UK addresses the next working day. Highlands and Islands can be slightly dearer but I'll keep the cost as low as I can.

I can accept credit card payments by phone and will also offer a small discount to purchasers using bank transfer payments.

Overseas customers are very welcome but please email me first for shipping quotes.

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