Fender Stratocaster Partscaster Relic Sunburst 2018
Fender Strat, built from parts, largely made in Mexico 2018, relic sunburst. This here is a nice little Strat, built from some tasty parts and envisioned to channel an SRV vibe. The neck is a pretty new offical Fender replacement Classic 70s Strat neck; so it's a moderate U profile with the vintage correct 7.25" radius and the bullet truss rod. It's been attached to a lovely ash body which seems to be a Classic 50s model and blessed with sturdy set of locking tuners and a hefty Wilkinson bridge, as well as some tasty Fender pickups and deluxe electronics. It adds up nicely in the hands: the neck is super slick and easy to get along with and the relic body feels like an old friend. Tone-wise, the ST-Vintage pickups deliver a warm and articulate spank on the neck and middle positions, while the Texas Special in the bridge is a bit hotter and adds a bit of bluesy roar for good measure. There's a lot to like here; if you're into the relic thing this is surely a great little buy and a whole lot of fun.
Model: Fender 70s Classic Strat (neck), Classic 50s Strat (body, best estimate)
Made: Mexico 2018 (neck, serial MX18092104); body recent model
Finish: relic sunburst
Neck: maple with pao ferro board, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale
Mods: assembled from parts. CTS pots, cloth wire, Grigsby switch, Switchcraft jack, locking tuners, Wilkinson deluxe bridge, Fender Japan 3-ply guard
Pickups: Fender Japan ST-Vintage single coil (neck and middle), Fender USA Texas Special single coil (bridge)
Cosmetic condition notes: relic finish wear. Headstock and neck are pretty clean, no major marks. Neck has been lightly sanded back on the back to a semi-gloss finish. The body has a bunch of rub wear and sanded patches to simulate heavy wear; best to just see the pics and get the idea. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is very low, neck is straight, intonation is good. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look basically brand new, 9/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 strings.