Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Big Apple Stratocaster electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. One of three unique Hot Rodded American Standard models briefly available in the '90s, the Big Apple was only offered between 1997-2000 and features a classic Fender tonewood platform with an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The guitar is loaded with the factory-installed pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers with double white bobbins, with a SH-1n '59 PAF in the neck position and a Pearly Gates Plus in the bridge. The SH-1n ‘59 has a vintage-spec PAF-style humbucker sound that delivers warm and crystalline clean tones and distorted tonalities that are rich and bright with smooth sustain. The Pearly Gates bridge pickup is a reverse engineered iteration of Billy Gibbons' neck pickup from his favorite 1959 Les Paul, with a unique tonal character and more midrange content than most. While this pickup cuts through with stronger tailored mids, it still has the open and airy treble attack of the Alnico II bar magnet. The five-position "super switch" offers both humbucker and coil tapped options for both humbuckers. Acoustically resonant and weighing 8lbs 2oz, we've had this Big Apple Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and 22 medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the small '50s-style Fender headstock features Schaller-made and Fender-branded chrome tuning machines that hold pitch reliably and turn smoothly.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should with a five-way blade selector super switch, two Tone knobs, and a Master Volume knob governing the two Seymour Duncan humbuckers. The solder joints are untouched, with CTS pots dating to the 43rd week of '96, and the body features the original "swimming pool" pickup route. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, and the gloss Candy Apple Red finish is accented by the original white pearloid pickguard and tremolo cavity cover. Cosmetic wear includes pick scuffing across the strum path, extending above the pickguard, with light buckle rash on the back, and just a few additional scuffs and minor nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth semi-gloss finish with just a couple tiny nicks and lines of finish checking, as well as light wear on the back headstock edge.
An SKB molded hardshell case is included.