Here is a lovely vintage Fender Stratocaster, USA made in 1972 and finished in stunning 3 tone sunburst. And yes, this one is a hardtail – ie no tremolo. There were some Strats of questionable quality built by CBS in the seventies, but this one is rock solid. This little beauty weighs in at a super lightweight 6.9 lbs so it pre-dates some of those heavy 3-bolters of the later 70s. It feels great, stays in tune, and sounds fab.
Its lacquer finish shows some wear as the expected result of solid periods of active duty. There’s a good reason for that – it plays brilliantly and is kinda hard to put down. There are a few dings and dents, some scratch marks, and some bark off at the edges. But the finish is original and the resulting presentation is that of a road warrior guitar that has seen some honest work, but not abused.
Original parts include all pickups, bridge & saddles, tuners, nut, scratch plate, knobs, unmolested body & neck. Five of the twelve saddle screws appear to be newer. It has been refretted and recently beautifully set up.
The pots, switch and internal wiring were updated by respected Sydney guitar technician Alan Rigg. The work included new DiMarzio / CTS pots & 5 way switch – a neat professional job. The original pots and switch are included in the case.
There are two small drill holes in the pickguard in front of the bridge, possibly where someone had installed a Roland synth pickup or something similar back in the day.
The neck is in great shape – almost no marks on its still shiny back, with a dark, unpitted rosewood fingerboard and 21 original frets in excellent condition. It features that fabulous oversize headstock, rear skunk stripe and a 3 bolt neck joint that does NOT move or slide around.
This lightweight beauty is resonant even when not plugged in, and it rings with jangly Straty-ness when hooked up. One of the good ones – you have to feel, hear and play it to appreciate all its seductive charms. Make a date !
Comes in its original ’72 Fender case.