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2018 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster FSR Burgundy Mist Japan MIJ w/ USA Pickups

$1,399.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 2018 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Burgundy Mist gloss finish. Imported directly from Tokyo and now discontinued, this Factory Special Run Stratocaster is 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 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 4oz. We've had this Strat dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has an infinitely playable modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and ideal heft, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The satin-finished profile feels great on the palm, and the neck is capped with a thick, dark rosewood slab fretboard. The medium jumbo fretwire 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 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 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. The Burgundy Mist gloss finish shows a few dings on top behind the bridge, very light scuffing on the back lower bout body edge, and a couple additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The satin neck profile finish is flawless.

A heavy duty gigbag with lots of structure and padding is included.