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2017 Fender Hybrid 60s Stratocaster Olympic White w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Hybrid 60s Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 alder body is a resonant, balanced tonal platform for the black bobbin Fender USA 57/62 pickups, which feature staggered, beveled alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads; delivering a clear, sparkling top end, smooth midrange character, and a full yet focused bass that still has a nice snap. This guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a highly playable medium depth U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and ideal heft in every register, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The thick rosewood slab fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius and medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat, exhibiting light beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12 that grows progressively lighter as you approach the octave. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"). 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 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 comprise cream pickup covers and knobs and a mint green pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Olympic White finish includes a few dings on the bass-side of the top and along the lower bout body edge. The immaculate, smooth satin finish on the neck profile is exceedingly comfortable and lightning fast in the palm.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.