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Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard 50's Burst

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Often copied, but never surpassed, the Stratocaster is arguably the world’s most-loved electric guitar. Electrifying the music world since its debut ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic with modern upgrades and rescued ebony fretboard.

Often copied, but never surpassed, the Stratocaster is arguably the world’s most-loved electric guitar. Electrifying the music world since its debut in 1954, its natural, versatile sound made the Stratocaster the benchmark for exceptional guitar tones. The American Professional Stratocaster isn’t a re-imagining of the classic design; it’s the authentic original model, evolved.

The choice of musical legends since its release, the Stratocaster feel and sound set the world on fire, powering music movements from electric blues to EDM, and everything in-between. In your hands this Strat is ready to navigate the creative twists and turns of your music, inspiring you to express yourself in new ways through your playing.

Developed by pickup master Tim Shaw, the brand-new V-Mod single-coil pickups are voiced specifically for each position, mixing alnico magnet types to produce powerful, nuanced tones with original Fender sonic DNA. Retain high end clarity when adjusting the volume controls, thanks to the new treble-bleed tone circuit that lets your tone shine through in all its glory.

The new modern “Deep C”-shaped neck profile feels just right in your hand while the narrow-tall frets make it easy to bend strings accurately and play perfectly intonated chords. This stunning Limited Edition model is uniquely appointed with Ebony Fingerboard for The best of yesterday and today, the American Professional Stratocaster is the latest form of electric inspiration from Fender. Step up and stake your claim to a legend.

Key features
• Rescued ebony fingerboard; exclusive ‘50s Burst finish
• Three V-Mod single-coil Stratocaster pickups
• 9.5 in.-radius fingerboard; 22 narrow tall frets
• Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles and pop-in tremolo arm
• Treble-bleed circuit; five-way pickup switching
• Includes hardshell case

Rescued Ebony Fretboard
There’s a story behind this wood. Basically, the MI industry, while looking for perfectly black Ebony fretboards, has been leaving 9 out of 10 trees unused and left behind on the forest floor. This has decimated the Ebony forests because the trees left behind don’t allow for natural reforestation. Fender is supporting an initiative to have guitar manufacturers and consumers get past this need for purely black ebony and get used to, even appreciate, striped, variegated, and multi-colored Ebony. The goal is to use every tree cut down, not just one of ten.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern deep C
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rescued ebony
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: Narrow tall
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
  • Middle: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
  • Bridge: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume with Treble-Bleed, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: 2-point synchronized with Bent Steel Saddles and Pop-In
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tonewoods
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderLimited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard
 
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5.0

A nice blend of classic and modern

By Jon

from New Hampshire

Pros

  • All around comfortable neck
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great pickups

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      Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

      I wasn't sure what to expect from a "rescued" ebony fretboard. I'd imagine there's some variation from one guitar to the next, but what I received was nearly flawless. There is just a bit of a lighter tone showing through if you look carefully, but it is nearly indistinguishable from the ebony fretboard on my Les Paul. The "50's burst" color, with its darker black edges, looks great along side the ebony.

      The fretboard, paired with the new neck shape and taller frets, makes for a smooth, easy to play guitar. The pop-in tremolo arm is a nice improvement as well - it has just enough tension to not flop around, but it's not hard to move out of the way. The pickups seem to have a bit more distinction between them than previous models - the neck is mellow but not muted, and the bridge is bright but not too harsh.

      The only change I think I'll make on this one is swapping out for locking machines (it needs them).

      This is a great instrument. It has just enough character to give it a story, while still being a legit Strat.

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