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1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus, Lace Sensors & TBX, Candy Apple Red w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in custom color Candy Apple Red and complete with the original hardshell case. Produced from 1987-1998, the Stratocaster Plus was a premium model designed to showcase the skills of Fender's new (at the time) Corona, CA factory. This Strat Plus features an alder body, maple neck capped with a slab 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, and a trio of Lace Sensor pickups. Select features include a Wilkinson roller nut, two-point vibrato, Schaller locking tuners, and a Hipshot Tremsetter.

A resonant and lively instrument, this Strat is the perfect tonal platform for the trio of USA-made Lace Sensor "Gold" pickups. As the pickup that started it all for Lace, the Gold design was specifically engineered to deliver a '50s Strat bell-like snap and chime. The Lace pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, yielding a wider tonal range and better string balance than traditional guitar pickups. The guitar weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The 22 fret slab rosewood fretboard features a modern 9 1/2” radius with stock medium jumbo fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the Wilkinson roller nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. On the headstock, the matte-finished Schaller locking tuners hold pitch extremely well as per their design, even with liberal use of the two-point vibrato. The headstock face has an N5-prefix serial, while the 50th Anniversary headstock decal and stamp on the neck heel conclusively date the instrument to 1996.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume, and pair of Tone controls for the trio of Lace Sensor pickups. The second Tone knob has Fender's TBX circuitry. This center-detent, stacked 250k/1 Meg control functions as a standard tone control from 0-5, but dialed up past 5 the control decreases resistance, which allows more bass, treble, presence, and output to flow to the amp. The two-point vibrato has a very smooth and responsive feel, working in concert with the roller nut and locking tuners, complete with a factory-installed Hipshot Tremsetter. The Fender-embossed neck plate features a micro tilt adjustment, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. All of the original plastics are intact and in great shape too, with light pick scuffing on the treble side of the three-ply white pickguard.

The gloss Candy Apple Red finish is exceedingly well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a few light finish scratches on the body as a whole, predominantly on the back. The smooth satin finish is present on the neck profile, exhibiting some checking behind frets 1-3 that’s barely perceptible to the palm while fretting.

The original molded SKB-made Fender hardshell case is included.