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Fender’s New Cory Wong Signature Guitar Is Not Your Average Stratocaster

Cory Wong
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“Most people want to be lead guitar players,” says Cory Wong. “I feel like, for me, the thing that I bring to the table that’s most compelling is in the rhythm guitar realm. And honestly? I really dig it!”

With his fluid, percussive chops, funk guitar star Wong is known for having one of the best right hands in the business. After picking up the guitar at the age of 12, he took the fast-paced rhythmic charge of the punk rock music he grew up listening to and injected it into funk playing, rendering a unique style that has made him famous the world over.

Now, in recognition of his outstanding technique, prolific musical career, and commitment to the Strat, Fender have just launched a new signature model, the Cory Wong Stratocaster.

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Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster body

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Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster headstock front

Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster (Image credit: FMIC)
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Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster headstock rear

Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster (Image credit: FMIC)
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Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster neck

Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster (Image credit: FMIC)

Built to Wong’s specifications, the Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster features a slightly scaled down alder body finished in a striking Sapphire Blue Transparent satin lacquer. An American Ultra Modern “D” maple neck with a 10-14” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges provides further comfort and ease of playing, while a set of custom-designed Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine pickups help nail Wong’s distinctive funk tone.

Here are the basic specs at a glance…

Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster

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  • Scaled-down body made from alder
  • Sapphire Blue Transparent satin lacquer finish
  • “D”-profile maple neck with compound radius rosewood fingerboard
  • Custom-designed Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine pickups
  • Vintage-style 6-screw Synchronized Tremolo
  • Locking tuners

Visit Fender's website for more information.

Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros, and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist magazine, MusicRadar, and Guitar World, as well as contributions for specialist books and blogs. He is also a lifelong musician.