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2018 Fender Hybrid '50s Stratocaster Blonde Ash Body Near Mint w/ USA Pickups, Japan MIJ

$1,399.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 2018 Fender Hybrid '50s Stratocaster in near mint, 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 '50s Stratocaster is simply stunning in its forward-thinking design and player-friendly features. The guitar features a transparent gloss Blonde finish over an ash body, USA-made Fender black bobbin pickups, USA-made CTS pots, a two-point vibrato unit, locking tuners, larger fretwire, a modern fretboard radius, and a silky smooth satin neck profile finish.

The perfect marriage of Vintage and Modern, the Hybrid '50s 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 plenty of early Strat sparkle and spank, yielding a bell-like percussive snap. Via the five-way pickup selector toggle, there's plenty of sweet warmth and cut in the neck position and a thinned-out quack on the "in-between" settings. The ash and maple tonewood pairing yields a complex midrange character, sweet punch and articulate note attack. The instrument weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a deep U profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The satin-finished profile feels great on the palm, and the medium jumbo fretwire shows only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-5, playing cleanly in every register. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the bone nut measures just shy of 1 11/16" (42.5mm) in width. The locking Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch exceptionally well even with liberal vibrato use.

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. The single-ply white pickguard accents the gloss Blonde finish which has a subtle almost purple-ish tint. The guitar has been sparingly played since new with barely a scratch on the body, a few light pick scuffs on the treble side of the guard, and a flawless satin-finished neck.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.