Any time you offer for sale a Fender Strat with a new shiny Fiesta Red finish, then you know full well it will appeal to fans of Hank Marvin – It surely is one of the most iconic guitars of all time – Yet not only has Hank played and owned many different Strats from the 1950’s on-wards, but Fender have released many variations from many different countries – So what am I offering for sale today – A new Fender Custom Shop 56 NOS Strat, with gold hardware – Effectively this is a vintage replica of the Strat Hank played in the early days of the Shadows during the late 50’s and early 60’s period – So vintage hardware (all gold plated) that includes the old school trem system and original style Kluson tuners, along with a balanced set of Custom Shop pick-ups – This is effectively the model that started it all and has influenced all the Hank flavoured Strat derivatives ever since – At this stage I do need to apologies for my camera skills as the pictures do not accurately capture the true fiesta red finish – It looks far better in the flesh
However in true Custom Shop tradition you’ll find this Strat has been spec’d with a few modern appointments that will certainly enrich the playing performance – Notably a 9.5″ fingerboard radius along with a set of medium jumbo frets – Hence it is now set-up with a more fluid playing action and allows for easier string bending – Factory set-up with a set of 10’s and of course the trem system is adjusted to allow for both up and down pitch – If you require any adjustments to the set-up to suit individual taste then let me know and I will adjust as required
The neck is pure 50’s vintage flavoured with regards to the profile – Fender call it the 10/56V profile – It starts of at .880″ at the top nut end and tapers to .980″ at the 12th fret – As per the nitro fiesta red finish on the alder body, the neck is spec’d with a thin ‘honey tint’ nitro gloss finish – I’m sure you have clocked the figured birds eye neck and fingerboard, so along with the gold plated hardware it adds a nice touch of glamour to the package – Select alder body that is chosen for weight, tonal character and resonance – The whole guitar weighs only 7lbs and 13oz – Played acoustically you can hear it possesses a vibrant resonant character
Tonal character is pure vintage – Spec’d with Fender Custom Shop 50’s pick-ups that measure 5.9K neck, 6K middle and 6.4K bridge, so well balanced across all 5 switch settings – You’ll discover clear shimmering highs, rich lows and transparent mids to deliver a warm musical melodic voice – Fitted with a 5 way switch, so as well as the original 3 vintage flavoured tones you’ll be able to try those 2 infectious out of phase ‘quack’ tones for additional variety – The neck pick-up is so rich and succulent with incredible clarity – The bridge pick-up is crisp yet warm and full bodied making it ideal for all those melodic tunes you love to play – From Apache to Deer Hunter this is the Strat that has influenced the voice of Hank for over 50 years
To be Offered for sale at £2699 and that includes the deluxe vintage style tweed case, certificate and a host of Custom Shop goodies
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