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2020 Fender Traditional 60s Stratocaster FSR Lake Placid Blue, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2020 Fender Traditional '60s Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. With a gloss Lake Placid Blue FSR (Factory Special Run) finish, this discontinued Strat was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin. The trio of alnico magnet single coils have plenty of chime and sparkle, governed by a five-way pickup selector switch. The bridge pickup has great cut, while the in-between settings on the switch have quintessential Strat quack, and the neck pickup is bell-like and round. Weighing 8lbs, we've dialed in this Stratocaster here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with tons of shoulder and heft, measuring .880” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The thick, dark rosewood slab fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius with slender vintage-style fretwire that retains its full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines have the correct vintage look, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a trio of staggered pole piece single coil pickups wired to USA-made CTS pots. The vibrato has a large block for great sustain, and the unit is very responsive for smooth surfy warbles and deeper dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. Plastics include ivory pickup covers and knobs with a mint green pickguard. The custom color Lake Placid Blue gloss finish tops off the '60s look, and cosmetic wear is limited to some very light buckle worming between the neck plate and tremolo cavity cover. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.