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2005 FSR Fender Standard Stratocaster Electron Blue Metallic Rosewood

2005 FSR Fender Standard Stratocaster Electron Blue Metallic Rosewood

This is a 2005 FSR Fender Standard Stratocaster in Electron Blue Blue Metallic finish (when it was still a special edition color) with a (now discontinued) rosewood fretboard maple neck. Aside from some dings on the headstock and light signs of wear, it's in excellent condition, regardless of being a 13 year old guitar. That being said, I've been on a Strat kick lately (as you can see by my other listings) and figured this would be yet another perfect guitar for a major upgrades overhaul. Also included is a Fender gig bag and tremolo bar. Please read the detailed description of upgrades as it will be worth your time:

-Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster Alnico 5 pickups for those beautiful bell like Strat tones not found in the original ceramic stock pickups (6.4k output for the neck and middle pickups, hotter wound 7.4k bridge pickup with RWRP middle for hum cancellation in positions 2 and 4 allowing you to cover a wide range of styles)
-American Standard modern Strat wiring so the bridge and middle pickup share the #2 tone pot and the neck pickup uses the #1 tone pot (with the stock wiring, the bridge pickup had no tone control). The #2 tone pot has also been replaced with a CTS 250k no-load tone pot like on the American Standard (volume and neck tone pot are also CTS 250k pots)
-Treble bleed circuit (.001uf cap and 1/4w 150k resistor in parallel) to allow the highs to remain when you turn the volume pot down and not get muddy. If you prefer lower output Strat pickups, just roll the volume back and this gets you there with retained clarity. Turn it back up when you want more!
-Orange Drop .022uf tone cap
-Switchcraft 11 1/4" output jack (these are the same high quality jacks used on the American models)
-Fully shielded pickup, control and jack cavities with copper tape for noise reduction
-Added extra grounding post like in American Standard models-
-Fender Standard 2006+ bridge and full size block
-Shorter height adjustment screws on the low E and high E saddles so they don't dig into your hand when resting on the bridge or doing palm mutes
-Fender American Elite/Deluxe 18:1 locking staggered tuners for finer tuning adjustment and better break angle on the high strings
-Fender 4-ply Tortoise shell modern 11 hole pickguard and back cover
-Fender aged white pickup covers, knobs and switch tip to really contrast the tortoise shell and pop
-Full fret level, crown and polish, worth $150+ on average (while the frets were already in excellent condition, this is an often overlooked job even on brand new guitars both Mexican and even most American Fender guitars where the frets are never properly leveled out of the factory. This allows you to straighten the neck to its optimum potential and tone)
-Replaced the badly spaced stock nut with a perfectly spaced genuine Fender pre-slotted bone nut and also further shaped and rounded the edges for added comfort

On top of these upgrades, it has also been cleaned, polished, oiled and conditioned the rosewood fretboard and fully setup with brand new D'Addario EXL110 (10-46) strings with enough relief in the neck balanced for both lead and rhythm and a light touch (5/64" string height on both the low and high E strings). The saddles have been perfectly intonated and adjusted to the 9.5" fretboard radius. The nut slots have been cleaned and filed for optimal contact and take off points for better sustain. The neck, middle and bridge pickup heights are adjusted to 5/64" on the bass side and 4/64" on the treble side. The tremolo has also been "decked" flush against the body for better tuning stability and sustain.

This guitar is going to feel and play better than most other Fender Standard Strats you're going to pull off the shelf new at the store--this is objective fact because of things like the fret level, upgrades and attention to detail in the setup. You're just not going to get that from a new model unless you perform all of these upgrades and do or pay for the work. A brand new current model with inferior electronics, quality control and setup costs $624 (with no gig bag). Why not just be done with it, have all the upgrades already completed with an awesome hard case and still come out ahead with a better playing and sounding unique guitar in a rare discontinued color? :)

Here's some more detailed info on the body and neck (note that the major difference in pre-2006 Fender Standard guitars are the use of vintage frets instead of medium jumbo, the rest of the specs are essentially the same).

Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane Finish
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: White
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard

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