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This Fender Custom Shop Strat is special in so many ways and we’re happy to say that our very own Captain Anderton and Danish Pete spec’d this guitar up themselves. It’s a stunning mixture of what we feel are the best specs you could have on a Strat.
Spec’d by the Captain
If you watch our Andertons TV YouTube channel then you’ll know how much the Captain loves his Strats. He decided to spec up some Custom Shop models with his favourite features.
Resonant Lightweight Woods
A guitar is only as good as the wood it’s built from, which is why we requested specifically chosen lightweight Ash for these guitars. They’re also made using a single-piece, quartersawn Maple necks to ensure you get that classic Strat feel and more importantly, the brilliant, clear tonal response. The fretboard is the warmer sounding Rosewood - it's also a laminate-style fretboard rather than the veneer which appeared in the '60s.
The body finish is a standard relic, while the neck has been given a heavy relic finish for a beautiful worn-in feel with luxurious rolled fret edges.
The John English 59 Neck
The neck is a '59 transition shape with an interesting story. John English (legendary Fender Custom Shop master builder) carved a neck based on a late 1959 neck. This feels slightly chunkier than a modern style neck but not as fat as a '54. We fell in love with it. This neck is so rarely used that it doesn't even have a part number from the Fender Custom Shop!
The Strat is equipped with a modern 9.5” radius - a real breeze to play and narrow, tall frets. This means you’ll never struggle with those big bends, even if you prefer to use heavier strings.
Mischief Maker Pickups
The Mischief Maker pickups were chosen for these Custom Shop Strats because they've been our favourites to come out of the Fender Custom Shop in the last few years. They're hot and clear with a bell-like top-end but without ever sounding shrill. The 65 middle and 69 neck pickups mellow each other out beautifully - especially in the holy grail 2nd position where you get those spanky SRV-esque tones.
Its Texas Special single coil in the bridge adds a bit of twang and attack to the dynamic Mischief Maker duo. The ultimate Strat pickup set? It could well be...
- Body wood: Lightweight Ash
- Finish: Relic Nitro-Cellulose
- Neck Shape: 59 John English Strat Neck Shape
- Neck Finish: Heavy Relic
- Radius: 9.5
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Truss Rod: 60s
- Dots: Clay
- Fret Wire: 6105
- Number of frets: 21
- Nut: Bone
- 4-Bolt neck join
- Hardware Finish: Chrome/Nickel
- Standard Strat Tremolo
- Vintage Fender Tuners
- Bridge Pickup: Texas Special
- Middle Pickup: Reverse 65 Strat
- Neck Pickup: 69 Strat
- Wiring: Strat Vintage Modern Wiring #2 (master volume, tone 1 for neck and middle, tone 2 for bridge)
- Case: Tweed Custom Shop Case
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Fender Custom Shop 'Traveller' Case Candy