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Whenever you offer for sale a new Fender Custom Shop 56 NOS Strat, with a shiny gloss nitro fiesta red finish, as well as vintage spec’d gold hardware, then it always wets the appetite of the Hank Marvin supporters club – Spec’d with a couple of features to enhance the playing performance, otherwise this is a pure vintage model, that pays homage to similar Strats from the mid 50’s era – Hence a set of medium jumbo frets, plus a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, to enable the guitar is set up with a slick playing action, whilst a 5 way switch is now pretty much par for the course on any Strat  – Note the one piece AA grade birds eye maple neck/fingerboard, with a light honey tint nitro finish, to add a touch of glamour – And of course a new shiny gloss nitro finish in fiesta red

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Feel :-     Playing the vintage spec’d 10/56V neck profile :-  Is it big compared to other Strats ? – Yes – Is it to big to handle ? – No – Does it enrich the tone ?- Probably a Yes for this one – It will certainly help – Even with a  set of 10’s you can make that big lump of wood vibrate and that will be further increased with a set of 11’s – The more vibration you can get out of the maple neck, as well as the select body, then the bigger the tone – I certainly think if you play a big neck with a set of vintage frets and fingerboard radius and a highish action, then yes you’ll find it harder to play and certainly far less forgiving  – Yet thanks to a set of medium jumbo frets, a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, plus set up with a well balanced fluid action, then it will respond to a light touch, hence it is far more easy to handle than some will fear – As such cascading licks and tricks can be played with ease – Those chunky medium jumbo frets allow you to full of those big pentatonic blues bends with ease, then add control to your vibrato – I find you quickly get used to the meaty profile and before long you don’t notice the size of the neck, but you will appreciate that big tone – It actually measures a tad slimmer than the chunky early ’54/55′ era Strats, yet measures a touch fatter than the classic 60’s neck profiles – .895″ around the top nut end and gently fattens out to .990″ around the 12th fret

Tonal character :- Rich, lush, spanky, crisp and clear with plenty of warmth, soul and emotion – A well balanced set of pick-ups allow you to move from the lush warm voice of the neck pick-up, through to a clear, crisp and melodic sounding bridge pick-up – Never thin sounding, but at all times you’ll experience crisp sparkling highs, transparent mids and full clear lows  – Don’t forget a pair of out of phase quack tones that are infectious – Easy to stay on position 2 or 4 for so long, as they are so warm, rich and melodic  – My suspicion is that such a guitar will spend a large part of its life playing through a clean sounding amp with lush delays and/or reverb – The volume and tone pot will allow you to dial in/out subtle variations, to give you additional expression as required, so for those melodic lead lines and cool chords, you’ll find plenty of emotion and inspiration in such a guitar – Add some gain on the amp as required for additional tonal character – And again the volume pot will allow you to apply subtle variations as required, without losing any of the guitars expressive qualities – With the volume pot on or around the 6 mark and you’ll experience more of a chilled out voice with a hint of overdrive – Whereas with the volume pot back on 10 you’ll hear more overdrive with a touch of extra bite

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Every guitar in stock at Guitars4You has been personally selected, inspected and approved by me, with particular attention paid to the set-up and playing performance – Every sale, phone call, mail order transaction or e-mail is handled my me – Mark Hopkin, the owner, Managing Director, cleaner and coffee maker (Jo, my wife helps with the coffee) – A journey, now in excess of 40 years, has fuelled my knowledge, experience, love, devotion and passion for exceptionally fine guitars – This reflects in every aspect of our business.

I have no desire to run an Amazon style 'click to buy' guitar shop, that lacks any soul or passion, or indeed to fill a showroom with a selection of dirty, shop soiled or dusty guitars that are in need of a set-up.

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