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The Stratocaster

It's hard to think of the electric guitar without this distinctive, unmistakable shape coming to mind. Even to those who don't share our deep set passion and enthusiasm, or even any musical inclination in the first place, would no doubt find the shape synonymous with the electric guitar.


The same can also be true for the distinctive tone of the guitar, making its way onto countless recordings from hit songs to experimental instrumental pieces, and all this down to the versatile tonality and superb feel and comfort that set the guitar apart from its initial inception in 1954.

From the ethereal chime of Hank Marvin's legendary work with The Shadows, through to the hot rodded tones of the 1980s and all points both in-between and further down the line, the list of players one can only picture with a Strat in their hands is near endless, with each bringing something entirely unique out of this expressive and varied instrument.

In the world of boutique, hand-built instruments this classic form still continues to appear, and for good reason! Over the years we've seen some extraordinary interpretations of the style from a number of our sensational Electric luthiers as well as examples both old and new from Fender themselves in the pre-owned section.

At this point in time, we find ourselves with a handful of extraordinary examples across our showrooms, with everything from Vintage to Small Workshop to rare, collectable commemorative pieces currently residing on our walls.

Here's a look at some of the phenomenal Strats in our showrooms;

1965 was a very significant year for Fender Musical Instruments. In ‘65, Fender was purchased by CBS, and the new owners made a series of controversial changes. However, this 1965 Fender Stratocaster still contains many of the features that make vintage Fender guitars so widely celebrated.

This Strat comes to us from a long-time friend in Nashville, and he tells us his guitar spent much of its life in Israel, where it gained its beautiful patina and wear. There is buckle rash, finish checking, and all the wear one would expect from a well-loved guitar from this era.

The guitar also has a couple of common modifications, such as a David Gilmour inspired switch, (which gives the player the neck and bridge pickups together), and a 5-way pickup selector switch, offering a huge spectrum of tonal possibilities. The neck is perfectly worn-in, making it very comfortable to play, and the guitar plays effortlessly.

This 1965 Strat is in excellent vintage condition and comes with its original case, which is in fair condition.

  • Made In: 1965
  • Body: Alder with Three Colour Sunburst
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood with Clay Dots
  • Tuners: Fender Closed-Back
  • Bridge: Steel Tremolo
  • Saddles: Individual Bent Steel
  • Pickups: 3xSingle Coil
  • Nut: Bone
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply W/B/W
  • Nut Width: 1 5/8"
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Case: Original Hardcase

This extraordinary instrument is a near-perfect and exact recreation of Eric Clapton's iconic Fender Stratocaster 'Blackie', masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov at the Fender Custom Shop in 2006 as part of the beautifully documented 'Tribute' series.

The heirloom quality and unparalleled attention to each and every detail of the instrument has made it a hugely collectable piece, and for the avid Clapton fan, a true Holy Grail. 

The original 'Blackie' was of course, built from the best parts of three original 1950s Stratocasters to be Eric's perfect Strat, and like the original, this rendition could well be that. With an extremely comfortable Maple neck and Alder body, the guitar is lively and spanky even unplugged, with exquisite playability across the board. 

The pickups are a custom wound, staggered-pole set made to the exact spec of the originals and the tone is spot on. With a bell like chime to the neck pickup, sizzle and bite in the bridge and a huge range from the positions in-between, this is first and foremost, an incredible sounding Strat! 

In the meticulous replication of the guitar's 'Duck Bros' flight case, Fender have including a real wealth of collectables and extras specific to the instrument, including a 'Making Of Blackie' DVD and a book detailing the Christies Auction in which 'Blackie' was sold to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre. 

This rare and sought-after instrument comes with all the un-opened case candy, ready to go in absolutely sensational condition. 

  • Body: 3 Piece Alder
  • Neck: 2 Fret Maple Neck
  • 7 lbs. 7 oz.
  • Aged Black Nitrocellulose Finish
  • Soft "V" Neck Shape
  • 25.5" Scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • 1.650" Nut Width
  • .860” Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
  • .970” Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
  • Single-Ply White 8-Screw Pickguard
  • Custom Wound Staggered Pole-Piece Pickups
  • 5-Way Pickup Selector
  • Cigarette-Burned Headstock
  • Aged Nickel Hardware
  • Replica 'Duck Bros' Flightcase + Collectables

This gorgeous Private Stock Macmull S-Classic is an incredibly authentic take on one of the most iconic electric guitars in popular music. 

The Macmull ethos centres around the idea that lighter wood is the best sounding and feeling for an electric guitar, and so the body is made from premium lightweight kiln-dried alder. 

This choice of tonewood makes for an incredibly dry and responsive guitar and when paired with the straight-grained maple neck and Madagascar rosewood fretboard, it really does make for a fine example of what this legendary wood combo is capable of.

The neck is a very comfortable Oval 'C' shape and coupled with the 9.5" fretboard radius the guitar plays very smooth and fast all across the board.

One of the hardest parts of the classic 'S' sound to nail down is the sound of the pickups, but with Macmull's hand wound RVT Alnico 3 pickups and electronics, using all the best components to hand, the guitar ends up with all the snap and punch of its vintage counterparts. 

The guitar comes with a Custom Hardcase and Macmull branded leather strap.

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Madagascar Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: 6105
  • Truss Rod: Single Action
  • Neck Profile: Oval C (20.5mm 1st Fret - 23.5mm 12th Fret)
  • Pickups: Macmull Matched RVT Single Coils
  • Electronics: Luxe 0.5uF Caps, CTS Pots
  • Finish: Pure Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Nut: Bone
  • Case: Custom G&G Macmull Hardcase
  • Weight: 3.38kg

 

First produced in 1954, The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most revolutionary guitar designs of all time. This 50th anniversary 1954 Stratocaster was built in the fender custom shop by legendary master builder C.W. Fleming, and is a faithful reproduction based on some of the first Strats to come off the assembly line in early ‘54. Like the original, the guitar has a beautiful two-tone sunburst over an ash body, and a chunky maple neck.

This guitar has the feel of a true vintage guitar, with very tasteful finish checking, as well as a very light relic on the fingerboard. It feels comfortable and played in, but without the severe faux-aging on some relic guitars. The pickups are low-output single coils, and capture the clear, bell-like tones of the most highly sought-after Stratocasters of the ‘50s.

The guitar plays wonderfully up and down the neck, and it sounds equally great played both at low and high volumes. This faithful reproduction comes in a period-correct brown case, which looks extremely accurate to vintage examples.

  • Year of Build: 2004
  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Head Veneer: Maple
  • Tuners: Fender closed back vintage-style
  • Saddle: Steel
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-5/8"
  • Scale Length: 25.5"

For more information on any of these magnificent Stratocasters, please don't hesitate to get in touch either via email at hello@thenorthamericanguitar.com or by phone on +44 (0) 207 835 5597. 

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