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Fender Custom Shop Acrylic Stratocaster with Hard Case - NEW


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On view now is this stunning piece masterbuilt by Scott Buehl. It is the first of its kind from Fender in over 50 years. Using Acrylic, Birdseye Maple wood, and Alnico 5 Magnetic pickups, this guitar truly is a work of art. From the Builder: "The acrylic Strat was initially requested internally for the Summer NAMM show. My deadline got moved to early June because we had a show coming up in Palm Springs CA. One of the higher ups was asking me at winter NAMM if there was a way to make one lighter so I was thinking about it for a while. I thought I’d try removing material under the pickguard leaving only what was structurally necessary. I made one out of alder to see if the idea would work without killing the sound of the thing. I worked out a few bugs and I then had to cut one out of acrylic. It cuts nicely but builds a lot of heat and wants to melt so I had coolant spraying on it as it was cutting. It made quite a mess. I also used a cutter with a very small corner radius to prevent any cracks from forming in the corners at the bottom of the cavities. Once a crack starts it will run until it gets to the outside. The entire body was polished inside and out using the same method we use for our paint. I didn’t want to use the bridge mounting screws that we use for wood so I modified some stainless steel screw to fit what I needed. They have to thread through the mounting hole in the bridge plate entirely until the area immediately under the head is reached where appropriate fulcrum geometry is machined in. It’s a traditional Strat in every other way. The neck, pickups, wiring, etc. were all specified by someone at corporate and I built it out. Josephina wound some Fat Fifties for it and Paul Waller wired up the pickguard. I came in on a Saturday to finish it up as my deadline approached. I finished in the early evening about the time someone was showed up to drive it out to the Palm Springs to be shown the following Monday. Scotty" Specs: Clear Acrylic body Lightly Tinted Birdseye Maple Neck 10/56 "V" Back-Shape 9.5" Radius: 21-6105 Frets Hand-Wound Fat 50's Pickups 5-Way Pickup Switching Vintage Modified Wiring #2 Master Vol w/ Treble Bleed, Tone1 (Nk/Mid) Tone2 (Brg) Parchment Pickguard; RSD Strat Bridge Vintage Style Tuning Machines Hardshell Case, COA