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S-Style Partscaster '54 Hardtail w/ Fender-Licensed Warmth Ash Body, U Neck & USA Pickups


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Up for sale, a ‘54-style Stratocaster Hardtail "partscaster" with an official Fender-licensed body and neck, outfitted with premium parts and in perfect working order. This Stratocaster captures the look and feel of a ‘54 Hardtail with a Warmoth-made featherweight one-piece swamp ash body, a substantial AllParts "SMO-FAT" maple neck with a U-shaped profile carve, hardtail bridge, Seymour Duncan black bobbin pickups, and a nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst finish.

By virtue of the string through body design, this is a particularly resonant and authoritative Strat, and the one-piece body was hand-selected from Warmoth for its weight, offering the note attack and midrange complexity of ash as a tonewood. Via the trio of Seymour Duncan black bobbin pickups, this Strat offers an array of traditional tonalities including a sparkling, bouncy bridge pickup and a neck position that's sweet and gutsy. The in-between positions on the five-way selector switch provide ample hollow Strat quack, and the middle pickup is RWRP for hum-cancelling functionality. Shockingly light at 5lbs 15oz, this Stratocaster has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece AllParts SMO-FAT maple neck has a very hearty U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .975” deep at the 1st fret and .995” at the 12th. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius, featuring dot inlay and slender, tall fretwire that's practically perfect, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. This Strat plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The small Pre-CBS-style headstock has a round string tree as per '54 spec, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the trio of Seymour Duncan black bobbin pickups wired to a harness from a Fender American Vintage model Stratocaster. The CTS pots date to 1985, and controls include a five-way pickup selector switch and standard Volume/Tone/Tone array. Plastics comprise a one-ply pickguard, Fender USA knobs, and pickup covers with rounded edges, simulating the bakelite covers seen on the very first Strats. The chrome-plated hardware includes the jack cup and the hardtail bridge with “Fender”-embossed saddles.

The nitro lacquer Sunburst finish exhibits a combination of natural playwear and faux relic'ing, with nicks and finish chips on the body perimeter, prominent pick wear across the strum path, a small area of buckle rash on the back, and forearm wear through the finish on the lower bout body edge. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is fast in the palm, with a few tiny shallow marks on the length of the carve that have no impact on playability.

A faux leather gigbag is included.