WOW! Take a look at this guitar! The Spalted Maple top on this Fender® Custom Shop Artisan Spalted Maple Stratocaster is spectacular! Spalted wood has streaky deposits in the wood that create incredibly unique patterns. And I can tell you up close this top is amazing. The back is roasted Alder that helps mellow out the extra treble you get from the maple top.
The hand wound, early 60's pickups are incredibly clean sounding. The bridge pickup is crisp with very little grit. Slightly bright but not harsh or brash. The neck pickup is remarkable. Well balanced with no muddiness at all. The 2 and 4 positions have a mild quack, not as vowel-y or as expressive as some other but if you find yourself playing on the bridge, middle, or neck, you'll love this one.
The roasted AAA Birdseye Maple neck features '63 C Shape, African Blackwood finger board, 9.5" to 12" compound radius and 6105 frets. The shape is wonderful with just the right amount thickness (.810") at the first fret that thickens up nicely as you go up the neck. A beautiful playing and looking neck. The roasting process darkens the wood and brings out a richness and contrast that you just don't get with an untreated piece of lumber.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since their formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of about 50 Fender Custom Shop instrument in inventory at all times. Whether you're looking for Stratocasters, Telecasters, Precision Basses or Jazz Basses we are able to help you design or find whatever the special instrument you're looking for may be!