Up for sale, a 2019 Fender Hybrid '50s Stratocaster in like new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and gigbag. An FSR (Factory Special Run) model, the Charcoal Frost gloss finish is a discontinued custom color. One of the finest Strat iterations ever produced by Fender Japan, and a model 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, 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 '50 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 plenty of early Strat sparkle and spank, yielding the bell-like percussive snap of a maple fretboard Fender. Via the five-way pickup selector toggle, there's plenty of sweet warmth and cut in the neck position and a thinned-out quack on the "in-between" settings. The alder body is a resonant, balanced tonal platform for the pickups, and the instrument weighs 7lbs 8oz. 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 an infinitely playable U-shaped profile with substantial shoulders and a very full, round carve, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The satin-finished profile feels great on the palm, and the tall fretwire is factory fresh, playing cleanly in every register. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, and the bone nut measures just shy of 1 11/16" (42.5mm) 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 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 lightly aged pickup covers and knobs, a parchment pickguard which does exhibit just a few faint pick scuffs, and the tremolo backplate which still retains its clear protective factory film. The guitar is showroom clean and professionally setup, rarely seen outside Japan and one of Fender's best Stratocaster iterations in decades.
The original Fender-branded gigbag and hangtags are included.