Fender’s iconic Custom Colours derived from the DuPont hues used in the automobile industry in the 1950s and 60s are burned into the brains of guitarists everywhere. But what if Lake Placid Blue, Shell Pink, Surf Green and the like had been left on the shelf in favour of other hues of the era such as Lilac, Canary Diamond, Cerulean Blue, Jetstream Blue, Rangoon Red and Apple Green?
Fender’s new Special Edition ’50s and ’60s Stratocasters reimagine the classic Fender colour palette using Classic Series instruments as the chassis. Each instrument is £589 including VAT, with the Special Edition ’60s Strat in Canary Diamond and ’50s Strat in Apple Green available now and the other finishes set to follow in September and October.
The specifications of the ’50s and ’60s models will be familiar to owners of Mexican-made Classic Series models; the ’50s Strat features a soft V-shape maple neck, while the ’60s model has a rosewood fingerboard and C-shaped neck. All models have 21 medium jumbo frets, 7.25-inch fingerboard radiuses and vintage-style single-coil pickups.
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