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2018 Fender Hybrid '50s Stratocaster FSR Ice Blue Metallic, Japan MIJ w/ USA Pickups


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Up for sale, a 2018 Fender Hybrid '50s Stratocaster in showroom clean condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Ice Blue Metallic gloss finish. One of the finest Strat iterations ever produced by Fender Japan (and a model not available in the USA market), the Hybrid '50s Stratocaster was a Factory Special Run model, now discontinued. Simply stunning in its forward-thinking design and player-friendly features, the guitar features an alder body, one-piece maple neck, 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 '50 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 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a particularly chunky ‘50s C neck profile carve with prominent shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The satin profile and fretboard finish feels great on the palm, and the narrow/tall fretwire (analogous to the 6105 size) 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 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 one-ply white pickguard and tremolo cavity cover. The gloss Ice Blue Metallic body finish has barely a scratch on it, and the satin neck profile finish is equally pristine.

The original Fender-branded premium padded gigbag is included.