We're not going to lie, we're total suckers for a Fiesta Red Strat. Maybe it's our love of Michael Landau, Gary Moore, or Hank Marvin. Whatever it is, we're smitten.
This 2000 '56 Custom Shop Strat is a fantastic option for anyone looking to capture a bit of the mid-50s Fender magic. The classic soft-V neck carve feels spot-on to some mid-50s Strats we've had pass through the shop, and the 7 1/4" radius adds to that accuracy. While there's a bit of fret wear, the guitar sets up and plays beautifully (the good ones get played, right?).
One of the first things we noticed when taking it for a spin, aside from how "right" it feels in-hand, is how resonant and lively it is. Great Strats always make us feel like we can leave our Tele's in their cases as they do what we want a Tele to do, and then some. Part of this boils down to the differences between 50s and 60s Fenders - the 50s Strats just behave a touch more like a Tele to us (perhaps you agree?).
Plugged into a Carr Sportsman, we were greeted to all the classic Strat "cluck" and slightly compressed chime we could ever want. Classic stuff in this department - nothing hot-rodded or modern - which is no surprise given this is a '56 reissue. A 5-way switch is the only "modern" touch (vs the normal 3-way a guitar of this year would have) - a welcomed touch to 99% of players.
Condition: Excellent. Light fret wear present. Closet Classic finish. From Fender - "No real playing wear, but more subtle indications of the ages, such as a finish that has lost its sheen, mild discoloration of plastic parts, metal hardware showing slight oxidation, mild finish checking and minor surface scratches on the body and headstock."
Simply put? This is a great example of the Custom Shop at their best. Accurate feel, looks, tones, and overall vibe. We're sold! Priced with hardshell case, CoA, and case candy.
- SN R9844
- 7lbs 9oz