The Year of the River
Fender Stratocaster '72 Reissue

Fender Stratocaster 72 Reissue

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Big funky 70's Fender headstock, crystal clear, authentic strat sound


This guitar has a true unmistakable crystal clear strat sound. With most Fender instruments, you buy the American guitars to hold some value, but if you are looking for an awesome "players" guitar, don't shy from the Mexican made guitars. You have to play a lot of them before you find the right one but when you do, you'll find a guitar you can't part with. I love the feel of the neck on this guitar. It's a fat, yet comfortable U-style maple neck. The maple neck helps give the natual bite to the Strat sound. The alnico pickups are strong and clear, I really love the versitility of this guitar. It's not the most popular version of the strat, most players prefer the '62 and older designs, but I love my funky 70's style strat!

Performance Notes:

The guitars tone really shines through when played through my Marshall AVT50 with some compression from my MXR Super Comp pedal. It really smokes when I kick in my Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal.

If you are serious about studio work and not pissing off fellow bandmates, I highly recommend adding a noisegate on your pedalboard. The single-coil pickups produce quite a bit of 60 cycle hum when brought up to performance level volumes!


You can hear this guitar on the song "Wake Up Momma" in the Music section.


  This is a demo of me playing the intro from "I Know a Little" by Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd on my Fender 72 Reissue Strat. I'm using the second position pick-up setting (Bridge and middle pickup together) and playing through a Marshall AVT50 ValveState amp, Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive and an MXR Super Comp Compressor.

Key Features:

  • Bullet Truss Rod
  • 7.25" Neck Radius
  • U-shaped neck
  • Large 70's style Fender headstock
  • Solid ash body
  • Maple neck with Micro-Tilt adjustment
  • Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat® Pickups
  •    w/Alnico 5 Magnets
  • 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tiltâ„¢ Neck Adjustment,