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2019 Fender Hybrid '60s HSS Stratocaster FSR Sherwood Green Near Mint, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2019 Fender Hybrid '60s HSS Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Sherwood Green gloss finish. 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 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 '60 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 still 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 9oz. 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 lightly figured maple neck has an infinitely playable modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and ideal heft, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .950" 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 a full 1 11/16" 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 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. Wear is limited to a touch of very faint checking in the gloss, and one tiny shallow mark on the back on the belly contour. The satin neck profile finish is equally pristine.

A Fender-branded gigbag is included.