Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Traditional '60s Stratocaster in near mint condition and in perfect working order. With a "US White Blonde" gloss finish over an ash body and factory gold hardware, this Strat was a limited edition model made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and rarely seen outside its country of origin. If you're looking to deliver plenty of Strat sparkle and cut, it's hard to beat this particular ceramic pickup complement. These pickups have more punch and power than the more common alnico pickups and sound distinct and clear in all positions on the five-way switch. Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this Strat has a bold tone with great clarity. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 10-46 strings, this Strat is ready for stage and studio use.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C shaped profile that fills the palm with plenty of shoulder and a smooth lightly ambered gloss finish, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this particular tonewood with a traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius and practically perfect slender vintage-style fretwire that retains its full factory height. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a trio of staggered pole piece single ceramic magnet coil pickups governed by a five-way switch and Volume/Volume/Tone control layout. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back into tune with ease. The original gold hardware is positively gleaming, and the mint green pickguard and matching plastics are equally as clean. The "US White Blonde" gloss finish has great transparency and a distinct lavender hue from the factory, highlighting the broad grain of the ash body. Save for a couple shallow nicks where the forearm crosses the top, there's barely a scratch on the instrument.