The '69 Strat represents a pivotal time for both music and Fender guitars. Its large headstock and round-lam fingerboard took us from Woodstock into a new era. Other features include an alder body, U-... Read More
The '69 Strat represents a pivotal time for both music and Fender guitars. Its large headstock and round-lam fingerboard took us from Woodstock into a new era. Other features include an alder body, U-shaped maple neck, rosewood or maple fingerboard, white/black/white pickguard and original spec pickups. Hardshell Fender case included. The Closet Classic treatment brilliantly emulates an instrument that's been stored away for decades.
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Comments about Fender Custom Shop Custom Shop Time Machine Series '69 Strat Closet Classic Electric Guitar:
I finally had the chance to check out of of these '69 strats. I picked it up after spending some time with a John Mayer sig. strat and there was a huge difference in feel. This strat has a great reputation as its stands but once I played it, I was sold. I was worried that the 'U' shaped neck would be too chucky for me but it felt a lot better than that chunky 'C' shape on the JM strat. If you are used to playing a strat with jumbo frets, you can instantly see and feel that the frets on this strat are narrower. Not a big deal.. Hendrix got away with wailing on it just fine. The '69 pickups in this strat are just right for those soul sounds. Trying to paint the picture of how these pickups sound, the neck pickup nails that classic 'weather channel' strat jazz sound. Which is real clean. The Middle pickup is still pretty blusey but has that brighter pinch and dexterity for something a little more quick and articulate. Now, the bridge sounded a bit to bright and brittle for me but I can imagine building it up with some pedals or something. The tone of this strat would without a doubt fit a blues/jazz player or any classic rocker. They can have that wet, gleeking sound when raking across the strings or they can handle that dry sounding rock n' roll strumming. The looks of this guitar kill. The headstock is unique because it's big and has the cluttered decal (Fender Stratocaster, with serial number and made in usa printing) which I like because it is instantly recognized by some one who knows their Fender history. The rosewood is nice and dark (at least on the model I played) and the position dot inlays are larger than a normal strats and the are made of that cool, shiney, abalone looking material like on an American Deluxe Strat. If I had the money, I would buy this guitar right away. It is iconic. Personally, I don't dig the skunk stripe on the back of the neck of a strat that had a rosewood board (which took place during 1969-late 1970, this guitar does not have a skunk stripe). Both the rosewood and maple fingerboards on these '69 are nice and there is no skunk strip on the back of the neck because the truss rod is laid in from under the finger board. So if you are looking into buying this strat, do it. You won't be dissapointed. And don't buy anywhere else than Guitar Ceter!
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