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2017 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster FSR Sherwood Green Near Mint, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster in near mint condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Sherwood Green gloss finish, 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 10oz. 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 medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and ideal heft, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The satin-finished profile feels great on the palm, and the neck is capped with a thick rosewood slab fretboard. The medium jumbo fretwire has good meat and height, showing only very light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8, playing cleanly in every register. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the nut measures 42.5mm (1.675") 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. Wear is limited to just a couple pinhead-sized nicks on the body perimeter and a bit of faint pick scuffing on the treble side of the pick path. The body is otherwise flawless, and the satin neck profile finish is pristine.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the hangtags.