Fender Custom Shop Reveals details of $15,000 signature Stratocaster for Mike McCready

The heavily-relic’d guitar sports all of McCready’s playwear.

The Fender Custom Shop has revealed details of the new signature model for Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready, which was first announced back at NAMM.

The guitar is a meticulous recreation of his 1960 Stratocaster. For the project, the Custom Shop’s Vincent Van Trigt disassembled the guitar to ascertain how to recreate it – interestingly, this revealed the guitar’s date of origin to be 1960, not 1959 as McCready had previously thought.

The Custom Shop recreation comes with all of the same features and playwear as McCready’s original. The finish that has been so heavily relic’d is a sunburst lacquer over a two-piece alder body, with a flat-sawn maple neck and a 21-fret rosewood fingerboard. The neck’s profile is a 1960 Oval C, and the fretboard is loaded with vintage-specification frets.

Fender Custom Shop Mike McCready 2021
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In the electronics department, there’s a set of Custom Josefina pickups, hand-wound to match those found in the original. These are wired to a five-way switch and a standard vintage Stratocaster control layout of volume, tone and treble bleed.

The guitar is also fitted with a vintage-style synchronized vibrato with Callaham bridge block, as well as a bone nut and vintage-style tuners.

It comes in a deluxe hardshell case, with a number of accoutrements such as a strap, certificate of authenticity and ‘McCready Case Candy Kit.’

The guitar is limited to 60 pieces worldwide, and lists for $15,000 / £13,399 / €14,999. It will be available in April 2021. Find out more at fender.com.

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