The classic Fender Custom Shop 56 NOS Strat that is a favourite for many fans of The Shadows – Vintage influenced, yet with select modern appointments that are chosen to enhance the playing performance, so now very much akin to the Strat that Mr Marvin plays today – So let me list a few key bullet points :-
- New shiny gloss nitro fiesta red finish on a select alder body
- Weighs 7lbs and 12oz
- AA grade birds eye maple neck/fingerboard with light honey tint + satin ‘played in’ finish
- 22 medium jumbo frets
- 9.5″ fingerboard radius
- Medium depth neck profile that measures .862″ to .912″
- Gold plated hardware including Sperzel locking tuners + vintage trem
- 50’s style headstock decal
- Fender noiseless pick ups
- 5 way switch
- Master volume + tone neck + tone middle/bridge
- Deluxe vintage tweed case, + tags + certificate
- Truss rod adjustment at the top nut end
I sold this Strat as a brand new instrument around 6 years ago to a discerning player – The certificate indicates a 2014 date of birth – You’ll find the usual signs of light wear to the gold hardware, but nothing excessive – Otherwise you’ll only find slight signs of any use as you explore the nitro gloss finish, so much so that the web pics won’t pick up any minor graze, that at worse is only skin deep – As such you would need to be very fussy to have any issues with the overall condition which is a strong 9 out of 10
Playing performance :- The medium depth neck profile is easy to handle with just enough girth to feel comfortable, yet not chunky – The AA grade birds eye maple neck and fingerboard adds a touch of glamour, as does the light honey tint – Modern features enhance the playing performance, like a silky smooth satin finish, so none of that sticky drag that you often find with a new shiny gloss finish – Now spec’d with 22 medium jumbo frets, along with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius – Set-up with a slick and fluid playing action, that responds to a light touch – String bending is now smooth and effortless, to allow you to dig in and rip into a few big blues bends, with no choking out – So overall a comfortable and easy playing performance – Set up with a set of 10’s and the trem system left ‘floating’ for both up and down pitch – I can adjust the set-up + trem as required – I know some Hank fans like to utilise 11’s, so let me know what works for you and I will adjust accordingly
Tonal character :- Crisp, smooth, rich and warm – Full lows and sparkling highs with transparent mids – Very melodic voice across all 5 switch settings with the neck pick-up delivering a lush angelic tone, whilst the bridge pick-up is crisp and clear without sounding thin – The two out of phase settings on position 2 and 4 are instantly infectious – Play chords and the articulation easily allows you to pick out each note, no matter if you play a full power chord or arpeggio style – Caress each single note or attack it for more snap and attack and this Strat is loaded with emotion which allows you to fully express yourself – I dare say many customers playing such a guitar will utilise a rich clean amp setting – Yet only a touch of gain on the amp is required for some additional character, for a voice that is more akin to the laid back styles of Pete Green and BB King – So whilst such guitars attract the Hank Marvin fans, it is not a stereo typical guitar that only has one function
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