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2018 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster FSR Seafoam Green Mint Condition w/ Hangtags, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2018 Fender Hybrid '60s Stratocaster in like new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags. Boasting a discontinued FSR (Factory Special Run) custom color Seafoam Green gloss finish, the Hybrid '60s model is one of the finest Strat iterations ever produced by Fender Japan (and a model not available in the USA market), 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 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 11oz. 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 an infinitely playable medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and ideal heft, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .940" 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 just fractionally shy of a full 1 11/16" in width (42.5mm). 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 cream pickup covers and knobs, as well as a pale mint green pickguard.  

While the finish is categorized by Fender Japan as "Surf Green," Fender Japan has had a long standing reputation for playing fast and loose with their custom color nomenclature, especially in the blue/green range. This particular finish has the saturation and blue tint consistent with Seafoam Green, while Surf is a much paler shade with a yellow cast. Essentially new, there's virtually no wear on the gloss body finish, and the satin neck profile finish is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag and hangtags are included.