Up for sale, a 2019 Fender Hybrid '50s HSS Stratocaster in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color FSR (Factory Special Run) Sherwood Green gloss finish. One of the finest Strat iterations ever produced by Fender Japan, and an already discontinued model which was 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 an alder body, one-piece maple neck, USA-made Fender black bobbin single coils and a bridge position zebra coil Shawbucker, 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 with a versatile HSS pickup array. The black bobbin Fender USA 57/62 pickups in the neck and middle positions 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 has a nice snap. The bridge pickup is Fender's Shawbucker, a PAF-style humbucker engineered by pickup guru Tim Shaw. Unpotted with Alnico II magnets, the Shawbucker is lively and dynamic with sweet growl and rich crunch in higher gain scenarios. 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 fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a highly playable chunky U-shaped profile carve with full, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .885” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the narrow/tall fretwire (analogous to the 6105 size) is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. This Hybrid 50s Strat plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone 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. The “Made in Japan” text and JD19-prefix serial are present on the back of the headstock.
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. Plastic parts include ivory pickup covers and knobs, and a one-ply white pickguard.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss custom color Sherwood Green finish is limited to a scant few tiny dings and faint marks on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the hangtags.