Fender has teamed up with Mike McCready to create the new Limited Edition Mike McCready 1960 Stratocaster.
Fascinatingly, though the Pearl Jam guitarist's legendary, extensively worn vintage Strat had long been assumed to be a '59 model, the Fender Custom Shop’s Vincent Van Trigt discovered during the replication process that it had actually been built in 1960.
An exacting, ultra-limited-edition recreation of that guitar, this Strat features a two-piece select alder body with a (heavily) relic'd lacquer finish, a flat-sawn flame maple neck with a 1960 “oval C” profile, and a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 vintage frets.
The guitar's Custom Josefina hand-wound pickups – matched exactly to the originals – are connected to a five-way switch and vintage wiring, including a treble bleed tone capacitor.
Elsewhere, there's a three-ply vinyl pickguard, a vintage-style synchronized tremolo with a Callaham bridge block, vintage-style tuning machines, a bone nut, and a wing string tree with metal spacer.
The Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Mike McCready 1960 Stratocaster will be available in February – in a run of 60 instruments – for a cool $15,000. The guitar comes with a deluxe hardshell case, strap, polishing cloth, a McCready case candy kit, and a certificate of authenticity
For more info on the guitar, stop by fendercustomshop.com.
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