- Excellent Condition
- Year: 1998
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
- Serial #: CN507134
The Fender Custom shop has gone through a number of different eras in its 30+ years, having had some very fine master builders running the shop - such as John Page. Page, was part of the initial team at Fender that began the Fender Custom Shop in the late 80's. With a vision of keeping true to Fenders innovation, Page would quickly become the Manager of the department and oversaw the builds. This era runs a pretty wide gamut of vintage style builds and slightly more modern, as Page was not afraid to experiment and explore, which I envision as a nod to Leo Fender himself. It's important to remember this era of Fender, as these custom shop instruments would be the same instruments in the hands of the likes of Clapton, Malmsteen, Townshend and countless other famous players. An impressive era that surely has left a legacy for future collectors.
This example Stratocaster appears to be a perfect example of that, right at the tail end of Page's managing before he left in 1998. A unique Stratocaster dating to February of that year. Cosmetically, this guitar is very attractive with a unique finish known as "Blueberry Burst" - that was only used on the Bonnie Raitt signature Strat from a few years prior. Similarly, it has the Pearloid pickguard. A stunning 22 fret maple neck has a beautiful Birdseye throughout. There is very light wear to the finish along the edges of the frets, typical for any instrument. The neck is straight and the action is low measuring about 5/64" in height at the twelfth fret. It has a slightly slimmer C profile measuring .83" thick at the first position and about .86" at the twelfth. It has a typical 1 11/16" nut width. Original Fender stamped tuners are present. Uniquely, this guitar has a punched out hole for a micro tilt adjustment - which is not on this guitar. This has been addressed as "normal" from the Fender Custom Shop from this era. The string tree has another hole drilled towards the tip of the headstock, implying it had been moved once. The pickups on this guitar are unmarked, but appear to be original with typical Fender cloth wiring and staggered pole pieces. They have a nice balanced, glassy response one would expect from a high grade Strat - their outputs measure Neck: 7.7k Middle: 6.1k Bridge: 7.5k . Original G&G Cream hardshell case is included in the sale, along with the Page signed COA.
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