Vintage Stratocasters are cool - but what if you need a high performance can-do-it-all studio machine?
This glorious Ice Blue Metallic Stratocaster was built in Japan in 2021 as part of a limited run of guitars meant for Japan domestic market and features a whole array of very high-end specs, including Fender USA 4th generation Noiseless single-coils, Fender Japan humbucker with split-coil option, USA-spec wiring, compound radius neck and USA Deluxe tremolo system.
Beautifully carved alder body has two very unusual for any Stratocaster features: the top binding and the fully recessed neck pocket. Cream binding looks absolutely marvellous against the sparkly Ice Blue metallic finish and the recessed neck pocket allows for easier access to higher frets.
Pearloid white pickguard and cream knobs and pickup covers provide lovely contrast to the rest of the body. All inner cavities have been carefully shielded at the factory and all the shielding has been properly ground to form a "Faraday Cage" to curb any kind of electrical interference.
The beautiful and ultra-fast maple neck comes with a very comfy satin back finish. However, the headstock face is glossy and has that ultra-cool Deluxe style chrome Fender logo. Roller string tree and locking tuners reduce friction and help increase tuning stability.
Rosewood is nice and dark, just like on those 1960s Strats. Fretboard has a compound radius, following the tradition of Fender USA Deluxe models. At the "chord" side of the neck the radius is 9.5-inch and the fretboard slowly "flattens" towards the "epic solos" end of the neck - to a Gibsonesque 12-inch. The back of the neck is also compound - starting as a C-shape and slowly increasing the "shoulders" to a D shape. The precision of manufacturing and the attention to detail is truly inspiring - this is indeed a very high end instrument.
Electric voice is provided by the most versatile combination of pickups. In the neck and middle position you have Fender USA 4th Generation noiseless single-coils. Now you can stack your gain pedals as much as you want - no more single-coil noise! Perfect for any kind of loud stage or studio situation. In the bridge position you have a specially designed for this model Fender Japan humbucker with 12k output and vintage-style AlNiCo magnets. Thanks to a push-pull Tone2 pot you can split the coil on the humbucker for a more classic twangy Strat bridge pickups sound.
Fender Japan wizards went all in with the wiring, that consists of highest quality USA-made components, such as CTS brass-shaft pots, Oak 5-way switch and Switchcraft output jack. These components not only make this Strat extremely reliable, but they will also last for a long long time before any service is needed.
The tremolo system comes from Fender USA Deluxe models, with 2-point fulcrum design for much more improved tuning stability even with active use. Saddles have chrome finish and the original tremolo arm comes with a pop-in design and no plastic tip.
Except for some very minor neck pickup cover surface plectrum wear, this Stratocaster comes in mint condition, with no dings or structural damage. What a stunning example of the famous Fender Japan master builders' passion!
This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, neck deep clean, lemon oil rosewood fretboard treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment! Restringed with D'addario 10-46 nickel-plated steel strings.
This guitar will be shipped around UK with Parcelforce 24h courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well.
Fender Stratocaster - Limited Edition - Japan - Noiseless - Ice Blue Bound (2021
MODEL: Fender Japan Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Modern HSS Stratocaster Deluxe
COLOUR: Mystic Ice Blue metallic, gloss finish, cream top binding
PICKGUARD: 3-ply white pearloid
NECK: medium C-to-D compound back shape maple neck, satin finish, chrome headstock logo, gloss headstock face
NUT: synthetic bone
NUT WIDTH: 41.5 mm
NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret 21.2 mm ; 12th fret - 23 mm
FRETBOARD: rosewood, 9.5-inch-to-12-inch compound radius
FRETS: 22 medium jumbo frets with no wear
TUNERS: Fender USA Deluxe locking tuners, chrome finish
BODY: select alder, original HSH body routing, cream body binding, internal cavities factory-shielded and grounded
TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,5 kg
TREMOLO: Fender USA Deluxe 2-point fulcrum tremolo system with chromed steel saddles, steel tremolo block, original pearloid white tremolo cavity cover and original pop-in tremolo arm
WEAR: minimal wear
PICKUPS: original Fender USA Gen 4 Noiseless neck and middle single-coil pickups with staggered magnets; Fender Japan Modified Modern Humbucker
WIRING: original factory-installed Fender USA-spec wiring with 5-way switch, CTS A250K "dimple" pots, ceramic tone capacitor, Switchcraft output jack, push-pull Tone 2 for humbucker coil-split option
Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.
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