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
Full spec and details :-
- Select alder body – chosen for weight, tonal character and a vibrant acoustic voice
- Whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 10oz
- New NOS nitro finish – fiesta red
- One piece AA grade birds eye maple neck/fingerboard – hence skunk stripe – light honey nitro tint finish
- 10/56V neck profile – .895″ around the top nut end and gently fattens out to .990″ around the 12th fret
- 9.5″ fingerboard radius
- Medium jumbo frets
- 56 Fender headstock logo/decal – hence no pat numbers
- Vintage spec’d hardware – gold plated
- Single ply 8 hole vintage white scratchplate
- A set of calibrated Custom Shop 50’s pick-ups – measure 5.8K neck, 5.75K middle + 6K bridge
- 5 way switch
- Master volume + tone neck + tone middle
- Set up with 10 gauge string + the trem floating – can adjust as required
- Tweed vintage style case + certificate + tags + black leather Custom Shop strap
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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