Fender Custom Shop 1959 Stratocaster Heavy Relic 1 off Aged Lake Placid Blue
Here's lovely USA Fender Voodoo Stratocaster from 1998. The Voodoo Strats were a limited edition from Fender designed to give us mere right handed mortals the tone of the man himself by reversing the angle of the bridge pickup and the staggered poles on the pickups thus creating the same effect Jimi got by playing a right handed Strat left handed. Combine this with a reverse headstock, a "transition" logo neck and a laser engraved neck plate and you have a very cool looking as well as awesome sounding instrument.
This Voodoo is in great shape, the neck is unmarked with hardly any fret wear and it has some lovely figuring in the maple on the reverse. There is a bit of buckle rash on the back of the body and some scratches around the jack input socket but they are not particularly noticable and don't overly affect it's looks. The guitar plays very nicely, really sweet neck and sounds great, a nice light resonant well made Strat with all top quality USA components from a period when Fender really had their act together and with more than enough mojo to stand out from the crowd. Comes with a bunch of case candy ; original hang tags, trem springs, handbook, curly white lead, stickers etc and a plush Fender case in excellent condition with key. It will be shipped well packed in a strong guitar box. Not many of these about and thus becoming increasingly collectable, one sold last week for over £1100 and it was sunburst ! :
Note : I could remove the neck and ship with a deluxe Fender gig bag instead of the case if required to considerably reduce international shipping costs.
Here's the spec from the original Fender press release:
Fender Voodoo Stratocaster (1998-1999)
January 29, 1998 Fender Press Release:
Fender's Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Stratocaster® recreates the sound made famous by the voodoo music master himself--Jimi Hendrix--for the righthanded player. The Voodoo Stratocaster has a right-handed alder body, a one-piece maple neck with reverse headstock, 21 medium jumbo frets, vintage pickups with reversed staggered pole pieces and reverse angle bridge pickup, a right-handed vintage bridge, rosewood or maple fretboard, and vintage "F" tuners. Comes factory equipped with genuine Fender strings for optimum tone and performance.
Guitar players universally agree that Hendrix achieved his signature sound in part because he was a left-handed guitar player who played a right-handed Stratocaster strung left-handed. The reverse bridge pickup angled down towards the bass string produces a unique sound that differs from a standard Stratocaster bridge pickup. The low strings are much brighter and more articulate and the high strings are warmer and fuller. When a right-handed guitar is strung lefthanded, the change in string tension and the reverse staggered pole pieces on the pickups have a direct effect on the tone, which is how Hendrix made his high strings scream and achieved pure, clear tones on his low strings. Since it's a challenge to play a guitar body that's upside down with all the knobs and the tremolo in the way, Fender made it easy for the right-handed player to comfortably obtain the Hendrix sound. Everything on the Voodoo Strat is designed to give all the sonic benefits of playing an upside-down Strat like the original guitar that Hendrix used, only on a right-handed body.
Colors: Olympic White, Black and Sunburst
Model Number: 010-6602 (011-6602)
Body: Right-handed Alder Body
Neck: One-piece Maple
Fingerboard: Separate Laminated Maple (9.5" radius)
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
No. of Frets: 21 Medium-jumbo
Width @ Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller® Vintage "F"
Pickups: 3 Vintage-style Alnico Magnet Single-coil with Reverse-Staggered Pole Pieces
Pickup Switching: 5-way
Controls: Master Volume, Tone (neck), Tone (mid)
Pickguard: 3-ply white (W/B/W)
Bridge: "Original" Synchronized Tremolo
Unique Features: Reverse-angled Bridge Pickup; Reversed, Large '60s Headstock with "transition" Logo Decal
Strings: Fender Nickel Plated Steel .009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046
Accessories: Hardshell Case; Strap; Cable; Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench pn# 0018531000 (.050" hex)
*Blue Book Publications, Inc.'s "Blue Book of Electric Guitars, 8th Edition"
Notes: Available with either maple or rosewood fingerboard. Features the same image of Jimi Hendrix (shown above) laser-engraved on the neckplate as the Hendrix Monterey and Tribute Stratocasters. Headstock logo decal is the "transition" style. Although the 1968 Strat Hendrix played at Woodstock had the larger, black, CBS-style logo, the "transition"-style logo is still period correct. 1968 was the year in which Fender switched from the "transition" logo to the CBS-style, so guitars from 1968 can be found bearing either, depending upon their month of manufacture. Also, while production of the Voodoo Stratocaster most likely began in 1997 (and most, if not all of them, bear a serial number on the back of the headstock that begins with "TN7"), they were not available until 1998.
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