And the endless parade of slightly tweaked guitars continues…
Fender recently announced one of the latest instruments to come out of its venerable Custom Shop, the new Stratocaster Pro––a guitar apparently aimed at the pro-level market, and sporting a number of features that according to Fender can be found “on the instruments of famous Fender artists.” (Sweetwater claims the guitar represents “20 years of the Custom Shop’s most requested modifications.”)
Unique features of the Strat Pro are to include a body of select alder, Fender’s popular (and incredibly comfortable) modern “C” shaped neck, a contoured heel for better access to frets in the upper register, 22 MJ frets, and a slightly aged “Closet Classic” nitro finish.
The guitar is also expected to come full loaded with top-shelf parts, including a trio of Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups, Fender’s “Greasebucket” tone circuit (on bridge & neck pups,) Fender/Schaller deluxe staggered locking tuners, a 2-point synchronized tremolo (w/stainless steel saddles and block,) LSR roller nut, and strap locks.
The Stratocaster Pro will ship with a deluxe hard case, and is expected to carry a street price of around $2200.