American Professional Stratocaster® Neck, 22 Narrow Tall Frets, 9.5" Radius, Rosewood Don’t see your country listed above? After 1965, the Fender company, under the control of CBS Instruments, saw a drop in sales of the Fender Stratocaster to customers. The colors included white blonde, two-color sunburst, black, ocean turquoise, surf green, and ice blue metallic. , The Stratocaster was the first Fender guitar to feature three pickups and a spring tension vibrato system, as well as being the first Fender with a contoured body. A single-ply, eight-screw hole white pickguard (changed to an 11-hole three-ply in late 1959) held all electronic components except the recessed jack plate, facilitating assembly. The colors available were three-color sunburst, daphne blue, black, bing cherry transparent, cobalt blue transparent, and honey blonde..  Pivoting "tremolo" bridges are common, balanced by springs mounted in a rear cavity, and the bridge has six individually adjustable saddles whose height and intonation can be set independently. In 1960, the available custom colors were standardized with a paint chip chart, many of which were Duco automobile lacquer colors from DuPont available at an additional 5% cost. The "C" Shaped neck was maple with either maple or rosewood finger board and 22 jumbo frets. Mint. The modular nature of the guitar, with its easily removable components, left players and luthiers to perform numerous modifications to their own guitars, changing out pickups or necks to fit the needs of the player. Please choose your region below, Its inspiring feel and sound invites exploration, The electric bass that continues to evolve. rosewood, and has at least twenty-one frets. A popular Fender Reissue Stratocaster was the '57 American Vintage Reissue. Late 1960s Stratocaster with large "CBS" headstock. Leo Fender insisted it leave the factory floating (raised up in the back) while designer Freddie Tavares preferred it tightened flush for full bridge plate/body contact resonance. On many modern Stratocasters, the first tone control affects the neck pickup; the second tone control affects the middle and bridge pickups; on some Artist Series models (Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy signature guitars), the first tone control is a presence circuit that cuts or boosts treble and bass frequencies, affecting all the pickups; the second tone control is an active midrange booster that boosts the midrange frequencies up to 25 dB (12 dB on certain models) to produce a fatter humbucker-like sound. Fender introduced a five-way selector in 1977, making such pickup combinations more stable.. The first model offered for sale was the 1954 Fender Stratocaster. As low as $77/month with. The archetypical Stratocaster is a solid-body electric guitar with a contoured asymmetric double-cutaway body with an extended upper horn; the body is usually made from alder or ash.  The Stratocaster's sleek, contoured body shape (officially referred to by Fender as the "Original Contour Body") differed from the flat, squared edge design of the Telecaster. The guitar introduced into the popular market several features that were innovative for electric guitars in the mid 1950s. Despite full knowledge of this, Leo Fender always provided the new Fender guitars with a bridge cover to prevent corrosion on the bridge parts. G-Brat's Guitars. Fender has unveiled the 2020 Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster, which comes equipped with a solid rosewood neck. The Fender Stratocaster, colloquially known as the Strat, is a model of electric guitar designed from 1952 into 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares. 1000+ Joined Reverb. Add To Cart. Home Forums > Main Stratocaster Guitar Discussion Forum > Stratocaster Discussion Forum > Neck profile of the American Standard Stratocaster?