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Can I please introduce you to a used, yet extremely clean Fender Custom Shop 69  NOS Strat with a classic black finish – 2013 date of birth according to the supplied certificate – A quick tour of the gloss finish will quickly you  enlighten you with the fact that this Strat has seen very little in the way of action – Complete with the 60’s style black vintage case, with the silver amp logo, along with  various tags and certificate- Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10’s, with a sensible fluid action that will respond to a light touch –  You can’t help but associate the late 60’s large headstock Strat with Jimi Hendrix – Yet other fans of the Strat, from the large headstock era, include Dave Gilmour, The Edge and Walter Trout – So if I constantly sing the praises of a 69 Strat, Jimi and Little Wing then I apologies now

Aged vibe :- I fully appreciate that not all guitar players buy into the aged vibe of a Custom Shop Strat – So how about this Strat, with a new shiny gloss finish – So for all the ‘relic haters’ out there, then this fine instrument might well have your name on it

Feel and playing performance :- Spec’d with a 69 U neck profile, which takes you right back to the days of Woodstock, flower power and the summer of love – Not fat, but the feel and shape is of that period, with just enough meat on it so that it feels comfortable – It measures .850″ at the top nut end, then tapers gently to .910″ around the 12th fret – A set of  Sanko 6105 medium jumbo size frets, along with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, allows for a more balanced fluid playing action, coupled with easy string bending and no choking out as you rip into any blues bends – As such a set of 10’s now feels slinky and allows you to try out a few chosen party tricks and expressive legato licks, as well as explore those moody pentatonic blues bends – It is the perfect blend of the feel of a vintage guitar, coupled with the modern features that will enhance the guitars playing performance – Spec’d with a thin nitro finish

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Tonal character :- Do I really need to say how such a Strat sounds ?  Yet whilst we are all familiar with the great tones of Little Wing and The Wind Cries Mary,  many can throw back at me that it was all in Jimi’s touch and feel and maybe that is the case – Yet this Strat is loaded with warmth, character, soul and expression, be it played through clean or overdriven settings on your amp – The volume and tone pots allow you to utilise them from 1-10 as they dial in subtle yet effective levels that allow you and the guitar to control the amp – To leave this Strat on 10 seriously limits the guitars potential, so much so that  with the volume pot on or around 6 or 7, it is a great place to set up base camp – This approach allows you to go back to 10, when you have an additional statement to say and require that turbo boost, with an extra touch of edge – Otherwise stay in the chilled out lounge with the volume pot rolled of  – Hence you can acquire a similar level of soul and emotion that is found in a good singer or say a sax player – So clean, to Little Wing, to classic rock or blues and quickly establish that this Strat is loaded with character

’69’ pick-ups :- The Strat pick-ups from this period are about the least powerful pick-ups that Fender have ever made – But power is not king here – It is about tone and expression – Modern players like John Mayer buy into this tonal character with clear rounded lows, sparkling sweet highs and transparent scooped mids – The overall tonal character is pure, smooth, crisp and angelic – Yet at all times that spanky Strat character shines through with a percussive attack and snap – With the volume pot on 10 you’ll acquire that additional bite with maybe just a hint of fizz, so simply roll the pot down to around 7/8 or 9 for a softer approach – The bridge pick up is now wired to the bottom tone pot, so on hi-gain amp settings you can take away any sharp edges as required – You decide if it you want it on the edge or take the mellow route

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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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