Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster "Chicago Special" Relic Blue Sparkle

CME Exclusive 6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard, Includes Hardshell Case. Made in the USA.
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Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster "Chicago Special" Relic Blue Sparkle

Brand New
Serial #R108069

Description & Specs

The “Chicago Special” 1955 Stratocaster is loaded with all of the greatest features this iconic guitar can offer. In keeping with Leo’s vision, every CME 1955 Strat features the iconic 7.25” radius, era correct plastics, and even includes a 3-way switch in the case. We hand selected the neck profile to draw on this vintage classic, and chose a rift sawn neck to enhance the resonance of the maple board. Finally, the Chicago Special pickups we’re created with Mike Lewis to ensure a balanced output across every pole piece. The Alnico 5 magnets are wrapped in 42 gauge enamel wire, and potted in shellac to recreate the round highs, and wide open frequency range of a vintage pickup. If you’re looking for the perfect vintage style stratocaster, this one's for you!

"Chicago Special" Strat® pickups: Calibrated set - bridge to neck - for balanced output Each pickup as custom AlNiCo 5 magnet stagger for optimum output balance string-to-string 42 gauge enamel wire for round highs Potted in shellac for open wide range frequency response

"Chicago Special" Strat® pickups
  • Calibrated set - bridge to neck - for balanced output
  • Each pickup as custom AlNiCo 5 magnet stagger for optimum output balance string-to-string
  • 42 gauge enamel wire for round highs
  • Potted in shellac for open wide range frequency response

Model Number: 9237100256
Serial Number: R108069
Finish Package: Relic w/ Aged Closet Classic Hardware
Case: Fender Custom Shop Tweed
Weight: 7lbs 12.3oz

Body Wood: Ash, 2 Piece
Body Color: Blue Sparkle
Body Finish: Nitro Lacquer
Sort for Lightweight: Yes
Hardware Plating: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge Assembly: American Vintage Strat Bridge CC
Output Assembly: Vintage Strat CC
Neck Plate: R Serial Vintage CC
Back Plate & Trem Cover: Vintage Strat .060 Eggshell
Tremolo Arm: Vintage Strat CC
Tremolo Arm Tip: Eggshell Relic
Tuner Keys: Vintage w/Fender Logo CC
String Guide: Strat Closet Classic
String Gauge: .010-.046

Neck Assembly: 56 Strat Closet Classic Relic
Neck Finish: Medium Tint Nitro Lacquer
Neck Blank: Maple Rift Sawn
Fingerboard: Maple
Truss Rod: 50s
Head Style: Small
Neck Head Thickness: .575”
Neck Scoop: 56 Strat Closet Classic Relic
Dot Spacing: Wide
Face Dot: Micarta Black .250
Side Dot: Micarta Black 3/32”
Fret Wire: 50085
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25”
Neck Back Shape: 54 Strat Soft V
Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .900”
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .985”
Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
Nut Material: Bone
Number of Bolts: 4 Bolt
Head Cap Decal: 54-60 Strat
Neck Notes: Heavy Relic Neck

Pickguard: 56 Strat Vintage Eggshell White
Pickup Neck: Hand-wound Strat Chicago Special Neck
Pickup Middle: Hand-wound Strat Chicago Special Mid RWRP
Pickup Bridge: Hand-wound Strat Chicago Special Bridge
Control Knobs: Eggshell White
Selector Switch Tip: Eggshell White
Pots: 250k 105 Taper Split
Switch: 5-Way Selector
Pickup Covers: Eggshell White

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