To honor the 60th anniversary of the Stratocaster in 2014, Fender introduces two brilliant new limited edition looks for the venerable American Standard Stratocaster—Vintage White with a tortoiseshell pickguard and rosewood fingerboard, and Aztec Gold with a parchment pickguard and maple fingerboard. All the acclaimed features, sound and style of the archetypal American Standard Stratocaster, now in even more beautiful finish options.
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For me, the GOOD is the maple board, looks great next to the handsome gold body.
While I understand it's supposed to be a riff on the original 1954 Strat, I'd appreciate a single coil, a humbucker and maybe a P90 to approach the versatility of my Modern Player Telecaster
The BAD is it seems largely a copy of the 60th Anniversary SQUIER Strat which had "sparklier" gold glitter paint and GOLD hardware. Better- and more expensive-looking IMHO.
I don't own this particular Strat. I do own a 1969 Strat. I would love another Fender Strat. This almost meets the bill but it needs gold hardware and an aged orange-y lacquered neck. The maple looks naked. Maybe some gold knobs and pickup covers too..
For some reason, Fender has decided to introduce most of their new instruments with the 'Modern C' profile. For anyone with normal-sized hands, this is virtually unplayable. Obviously, someone must be buying these--otherwise, they wouldn't keep trotting more out. But, for those of us who aren't children, would it be considered that instruments with deeper profiles ('U' and 'V' profiles) might also sell....?
|Model Name:||Limited Edition American Standard Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Mystic Aztec Gold|
|Color:||Mystic Aztec Gold|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Bridge and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Parchment Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots, Copper Infused High Mass 100% Metal Bridge Block, Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance, Single "T" Roller String Tree|
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