Bill Alston


ST 72s


The first 70s styled Japanese strats were the SQ series which were made alongside the JV series. These are covered by 21 Frets so once again I will start with the 1985 models. The models can be quite confusing as the designations were reused on different guitars so an ST72-70 made in 1985 is not the same guitar as an ST72-70 made in 1993. It is also less than clear what models were the continuation of previous models with just a change of designation. I will try and clear some of this up. As always all the models look similar and you can only tell them apart by the wood and the pickups or by opening them up and seeing the stamps.

1985 to 1989


Scan from the 1987 catalogue

During this period there were the folowing models
ST72-55 available for the whole period
ST72-65 The Ritchie Blackmore model not covered here
ST72-70 the whole period
ST72-75 1989 only plus a Blue Flower version ST72-75BFL
ST72-115 1986 and 1987 only
ST72-95DM 1989 may have been the forerunner of the Yngwie Malmsteen model
It can be seen from the scan above that whilst the plastic was mostly white it was black in some colour combinations.

Specifications


ST72-55

ST72-70

ST72-75

ST72-115

ST-72-95DM

Body

Basswood

Sen

Basswood

Ash

Basswood

Neck

3 bolt Maple with skunk stripe

3 bolt Maple with skunk stripe

3 Bolt Maple with skunk stripe

3 bolt Maple with skunk stripe

3 bolt Maple with skunk stripe

Board

Maple 21 vintage frets 7.25" scale

Maple or Rosewood 21 vintage frets 7.25" scale

Maple 21 vintage frets 7.25" scale

Maple 21 vintage frets 7.25" scale

Maple 21 vintage frets 7.25" scale Scalloped

Headstock

70s style 2 butterfly string trees Bullet truss rod adjust CBS logo

70s style 2 butterfly string trees Bullet truss rod adjust CBS logo

70s style 2 butterfly string trees Bullet truss rod adjust CBS logo

70s style 2 butterfly string trees Bullet truss rod adjust CBS logo

70s style 2 butterfly string trees Bullet truss rod adjust CBS logo

Tuners

Schaller F stamped

Schaller F stamped

Schaller F stamped

Schaller F stamped

Schaller F stamped

Pickups

MIJ Single coils probably ceramic

USA made single coils

MIJ Single coils probably ceramic

USA made single coils

2 DiMarzio HS3s and 1 MIJ single coil probably ceramic

Colours

3 Colour Sunburst, Black, Olympic White, Vintage White or Natural

3 Colour Sunburst, Black, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red or Natural

Olympic White, Natural or Vintage White. A Blue Flower version available

Black or Natural

Vintage White

Years

85-89

85-89

1989

1986/87

1989


This is an ST72-115 in Vintage White


And an ST72-75 Blue Flower
ST72-125PRD

This is a very expensive guitar 125,000 yen in 1987 was about £865 As well as the obvious custom paint job it was made of White Ash with the usual Maple neck and was equiped with 3 USA made Alnico vintage pickups. The block was also USA made diecast. The PRD is just the colour code. These were made for about 2 years from 1987.



Pink Paisley and Pickups

1990 and 1991

In 1990 the model numbers changed to reflect the price in 100s of yen rather than 1000s, this continued in 1991 with price increase changing some of the model numbers, which they then advertised as new models. The models were
ST72-500
ST72-600SC which became the ST72-700 in 1991
ST72-650US
ST72-700SC which became the ST72-750SC in 1991
ST72-860DSC which became the ST72-900DSC in 1991
All basic specifications Headstock, Neck, Radius, Frets, scale length, pickguard, schaller F tuners and chrome hardware remain constant throughout the range other specifications are listed as we go along. The colours Vintage White and Yellow white are the same just at different times.

Specifications

ST72-500
Body Basswood or Sen
Board Maple or Rosewood
Pickups 3 White covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Natural, Black, Olympic White, Yellow White all basswood or 3 colour sunburst which is Sen
Available 1990 and 1991


ST72-600SC
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 Black covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Board Scalloped Rosewood
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White only
Available 1990 became the ST72-700SC in 1991 so the 1990 ST72-700SC and the 1991 model of the same name are different guitars. Well done Fender Japan


ST72-650US
Body Sen
Pickups 3 USA Single coils white covered
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White, 3 Colour Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Black or Natural
Available 1990 and 1991


ST72-700SC
Body Basswood or Sen
Pickups 3 White covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Board Scalloped Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White or Yellow White both Basswood or Natural which is Sen
Available 1990 became the ST72-750SC in 1991 but in Basswood and Olympic White only

ST72-860DSC 1990 and ST72-900SC 1991
These are redesignations of the 1989 ST72-95DM with identical specifications

1992 to 1997

This period saw the return of the model designations representing the price in 1000s of yen rather than 100s. The models were:
ST72-53 1992 to 1997
ST72-58 1992 to 1993 became the ST72-65 in 1993 until 1997
ST72-70 1992 and 1993
ST72-75 1992 and 1993
ST72-75SC 1992 and 1993 became the ST72-85SC in 1994 to 1997
ST72-80SC 1992 and 1993
ST72-95DSC 1992 and 1993 became the ST72-110DSC in 1993 until 1995 when it was discontinued


ST72-53
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 White covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White Black or 3 Colour Sunburst


ST72-58 and ST72-65
Body Sen
Pickups 3 White covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Natural


ST72-70
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 White covered USA single coils
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White Black or 3 Colour Sunburst


ST72-75
Body Sen
Pickups 3 White covered MIJ single coils probably ceramics
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block

ST72-75SC and ST72-85SC
These are redesignations of the ST72-600SC with the same specs
ST72-95DSC and ST72-110DSC 1991
These are further redesignations of the 1989 ST72-95DM with identical specifications except they were available in Vintage White and Olympic white and also for a short time a Blue designated DBL.
ST72-80SC
This is a redesignation of the ST72-700SC with identical specifications except basswood only they were like the 95DSC available in Vintage White and Olympic white and also for a short time a Blue designated DBL.

1998 to 2009

In the 1998 catalogue there is only one model the ST72-58US or two if you count the Rosewood or Maple option as two models. They are otherwise identical.

ST72-58US/R and ST72-58US/M
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 White or Black covered vintage USA single coils
White or Black Pickguard with white or black controls dependent on body colour
Board Maple or Rosewood
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White or Black in 2007 more colours added Old Candy Apple Red, 3 Colour Sunburst and Vintage White
By 2010 the model has gone



Some different coloured ST72-58US along with the headstock which is identical to all the 72s


The Antigua ST72

From 2002 to 2004 Fender produced an Antigua model. A finish which seems to be either loved or hated. I like it. I have some information from Fender which was given to a Strat talk member a few years ago.

Body Basswood
Pickups 3 Black covered alnico single coils
Antigua pickguard with black controls
Board Maple
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Said to be only 400 ever made


Antigua front and back looks good?

2010 onwards

In the 2010 catalogue the only model is the ST72 launch price 71,400 yen.
Body Basswood
Pickups 3 White or Black covered vintage Japanese single coils probably ceramic
White or Black Pickguard with white or black controls dependent on body colour
Board Maple or Rosewood
Bridge 5SD diecast block
Colours Olympic White or Black, Old Candy Apple Red, 3 Colour Sunburst and Vintage White
This model continues until at least 2013.

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