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2005 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail Gerry McGee (The Ventures) Model STG-135GM w/ Lace Sensor, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Stratocaster Gerry McGee signature model STG-135GM in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Only produced from 2005-09, this exceedingly rare “Crafted in Japan” Hardtail Strat was designed in tandem with The Ventures’ lead guitarist (and session legend) Gerry McGee, boasting premium features including gold hardware, a transparent Blonde goss finish, USA-made Gold Lace Sensor pickups, and an active preamp. Tonewoods comprise a basswood body core with ash veneers, paired with a maple neck and slab 22 fret maple fretboard, delivering a detailed sound with more sustain and punch than a traditional Strat, thanks to the string through body hardtail construction.

Gold is the original Lace design; featuring the unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and the magnets and reduces 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, yielding a wider tonal range and better string-to-string balance than most standard single coils. The Gold iteration is specifically designed to deliver a tonal profile consistent with a ‘50s Strat, yielding ample snap and chime. Coupled with the active MDX mid-boost circuit and TBX center-detent Tone control, this Strat is particularly versatile. Weighing 8lbs 2oz, we've had this Gerry McGee Stratocaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and stock slender fretwire that's remarkably clean, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1.650” in width. The headstock sports a vintage-style “spaghetti” Stratocaster logo, and the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with a light dusting of surface patina on the gold plating. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt gold neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of Gold Lace Sensor pickups wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints. The pickups are governed by a five-way selector switch and Master Volume, with TBX and MDX controls. From 0-5, the TBX is a standard tone control, but from 5-10 the resistance decreases, allowing more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to the amp. The MDX is an active mid-boost circuit, powered by a 9V battery easily accessed on the back of the body, enabling fat, Clapton-esque body and presence. The gold hardware is bright and clean, and plastics comprise the original trio of lightly aged knobs and the dark brown tortoise pickguard, which has some light scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.

The gloss Blonde finish has a distinctive "burst" on the body edges, translucent at the center and highlighting the ash veneers on the top and back of the body. This is an exceedingly well-kept example, with barely a mark on the body. The gloss finish on the neck profile has a notably smooth, easy-playing feel, with a handful of microscopic shallow nicks on the treble-side shoulder behind frets 9-12 that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.