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2017 Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Private Reserve Dennis Galuszka HAR Stratocaster, Case & COA


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Private Reserve Dennis Galuszka H.A.R. Stratocaster in mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case, hangtags, COA, and case candy. A meticulous recreation of one of the most famous and early custom color Fender instruments, this Private Reserve-tier Masterbuilt Stratocaster commemorates the guitar special ordered by Texas guitar player Howard Reed Jr. in 1955, with a gloss Black finish over a one-piece ash body. Reed Jr. added the iconic briefcase letters to the lower body horn while performing with rockabilly group Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, and this Masterbuilt Stratocaster is a lively and vital-sounding instrument, loaded with hand-wound '55 Strat Low G Alnico III single coils.

The one-piece ash body and one-piece maple neck with a substantial U-shaped profile carve ensure a dynamically responsive tonal platform, with the midrange complexity and note attack of ash, and the glassy articulation and snap of maple. The Alnico III single coils have a sweet, airy quality with ample chime and cut. Via the three-way pickup selector switch, the guitar delivers a chewy twang in the bridge position, a percussive and clear middle pickup, and a sweet, broad neck pickup sound with densely packed harmonics and plenty of heft and articulation for singing leads. The guitar weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The flat sawn one-piece maple neck has a very faithful '54 Stratocaster U-shaped neck profile carve with generous shoulder and substance, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The slender frets are flawless on the 7 1/4" radius fingerboard, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock features a round string tree and aged Kluson-style single line tuning machines.

The electronics function flawlessly, and the plastic parts include '55-spec more rounded short skirt knobs and "Bakelite" pickup covers. Even the chipped pickguard tip and tremolo backplate corners are touches identical to the guitar being replicated. The vibrato has a smooth, deliberate response, complete with the original arm. The thin nitro lacquer gloss Black body finish allows the prominent grain of the one-piece ash body to be visible through the opaque finish, and the Heavy Relic treatment on the body and neck surgically replicates the wear applied by Howard Reed Jr. The guitar shows no wear beyond the factory relic treatment.

The original tweed hardshell case is included, along with the COA, all case candy, and hangtags.