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2017 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster FSR Black Mint Condition, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags. One of the finest Strat iterations ever produced by Fender Japan (and a model not available in the USA market), the Hybrid '60s Stratocaster is simply stunning in its forward-thinking design and player-friendly features. The guitar features an alder body, thick slab rosewood fretboard, USA-made Fender black bobbin pickups, USA-made CTS pots, a two-point vibrato unit, locking vintage-style tuners, larger fretwire, a modern fretboard radius, and a silky smooth satin neck profile finish.

The perfect marriage of Vintage and Modern, the Hybrid '60 model is true to its name, yet the tonal range of the instrument is firmly in the Vintage camp. The black bobbin Fender USA 57/62 pickups feature staggered, beveled alnico magnets and cloth covered leads, with a clear, sparkling top end, smooth midrange character, and a full yet focused bass that still has a nice snap. The alder body is a resonant, balanced tonal platform for the pickups, and the instrument weighs 7lbs 9oz. We've had this Strat dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation (string gauge and action can be set to buyer's preference).

The maple neck has an infinitely playable slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The satin-finished profile feels great on the palm, and the neck is capped with a thick, dark rosewood slab fretboard. The medium jumbo fretwire has good meat and height, with plenty of crown and zero wear, playing cleanly in every register. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features Gotoh Magnum Lock Top locking tuners which provide a much more rigid string contact point, eliminating the need to wind the strings around the posts and reducing friction. The tuners also have a staggered post design for better break angle across the nut.

All of the electronics function flawlessly, with the Fender USA black bobbin pickups wired to USA-made full-size CTS pots and a five-way pickup selector switch. The hardware includes a modern two-point vibrato with flawless chrome plating, and the plastic parts include lightly aged pickup covers and knobs, and a pale mint green pickguard. The clear protective factory plastic and original advert are still intact on the pickguard, and there's barely a scratch on the gloss Black body finish. The satin neck profile finish is pristine.

The original hangtags and Fender-branded gigbag are included.