Fender’s Vintage Hot Rod ’50s Stratocaster® guitar gives you the best Strat tone, style and performance of both eras—authentically vintage-style design touches straight from the 1950s and hot-rodded modern mods ideal for today’s players.
Premium features include an ash body; maple neck with “D”-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, and satin back finish; and a compound-radius (7.25”-12”) maple fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, bone nut and gloss finish. Singing tone comes from an American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster neck pickup and single-coil ’56 Stratocaster middle pickup, and a Texas Special™ single-coil Stratocaster bridge pickup. In addition to five-way blade pickup switching, an S-1™ switch adds the bridge pickup to pickup switch positions 3, 4 and 5.
Other features include a single-ply white pickguard, three aged white control knobs (master volume, tone 1, tone 2), two-point synchronized tremolo with vintage-style stamped steel saddles (chrome cover included), vintage-style locking tuners and locking strap buttons. Includes upgraded deluxe vintage-style tweed case, vintage-style 8’ cable, vintage-style black strap, extra tremolo springs and wrenches.
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This guitar is exactly what it says, a 50s strat that has been hotroded. What does this mean? It means that the neck is fat, and it's nitro. The neck and finish are gorgeous but if you're not familiar with nitro necks and bodies they are STICKY!! (goes away with playing) My Gibson LP still gets sticky every now and then and its 15 years old. This is something to consider. But WOW the sound and the way they age is so cool. Now, if you're cool with a little fatter neck, and don't mind having to wear in a nitro neck this guitar will be well worth it. It comes perfectly set up for 10's. If you want to run different strings on it you will have to adjust the claw and truss rod which means taking of the neck. It's super sensitive! It was an eighth of a turn for me to get the truss rod right for 9's. This thing is super lightweight!!! It has crazy sustain, and the frets are tall as well as finished gorgeously. The two point trem stays in tune beautify and the Gotoh magnum locking tuners look vintage but require not wrapping!! This is amazingly easy to change strings. Youtube it. The pickups scream. “hotrod” is right! If you like mellow strat standard pickups than you can get that sound for way cheaper. It took me a couple hours to get this thing set up for me but now I can't put it down. vintage caps too...I wish I could post a pic on here of how cool they look. The little button on the volume knob basically adds 3 more pickup configurations. This thing is going to be a classic someday, trust me. It sounds amazing, plays amazing and just gets it done. The fat neck sounds like it would be harder to play but in reality it fills out that little gap in your palm more naturally than a modern C. The compound radius is transparent. You can't even tell! It just plays and feels natural. I was worried that the 7.25 radius near the head would be weird but it's not. It feels and even looks just like a regular 9.5.
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Another rock solid example of Fender quality that you can closely re-create for realistically 1/4 to 1/3 the cost and would easily fool most so called tone experts. Remember the most important rule here: a good quality amp and decent pickups make up the majority of custom shop quality. Ask any rock star .
|Model Name:||Vintage Hot Rod '50s Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Fiesta Red|
|Series:||Vintage Hot Rod|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish with Gloss Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape:||"D" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" to 12" Compund Radius (184 mm to 305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Narrow Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Bridge Pickup:||Texas Special™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||American Vintage '56 Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage-Style Stamped Steel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style Locking|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||HR Serial Number Prefix, 4-Bolt with Engraved Vintage Hot Rod Crossed Checkered Flags Emblem, Single “Wing” String Tree, Vintage-Style Heel Truss Rod Adjustment, Locking Strap Buttons|
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