Fender Strat Plus Stratocaster – David Gilmour Emg

2006 Fender 60th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster
2006 Fender 60th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster
   US $999.00
fender strat 51721205703033870 Fender Strat Plus Stratocaster   David Gilmour Emg

Up for sale is a unique Inca Silver Sratocaster plus.   The "plus" was the introduction of a few new design advances: 3 Fender Lace Sensor pickups (originally, 3 Gold Lace Sensors), a roller nut; and, locking tuners. The strat Plus is basically an upscale American Standard. This model contains 2 major upgrades to the stock strat plus.  First, the original bridge was replaced with a Graph Tech direct replacement bridge/tremolo which is a huge improvement to the stock system.  Secondly, the stock Lace sensor pickups and pickguard were replaced with an active EMG DG-20 David Gilmour pickup system and pearloid pickguard, a $300 upgrade in and of itself.  Go here for details of this system 

EMG Pickups
David Gilmour


David Gilmour

David Gilmour is recognized the world over for his revolutionary and incomparable sound which he has used to great effect both with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. When you hear the tones coming out of his red Strat® you are hearing him play his signature EMG Pro Series system, the DG20.

This set utilizes our ivory alnico loaded SA single coils, an EXG guitar expander for tonal girth and an SPC presence control to enhance the Strat earthiness, all prewired onto a custom 11-hole white pearl pickguard with white knobs. Drop it in and drop out of this plane of reality, you’re going for a ride.


Part of this upgrade is the pearloid pickguard which perfectly compliments the Inca Silver finish. This strat plus has the preferred LSR roller nut which keeps it in perfect tune.The roller nut eliminates the need for string trees. Next time you see a "Strat Plus" on eBay with string trees, you'll know it's time to look elsewhere (it's probably an American Standard with after-market Lace Sensors). OHSC is included

This guitar is in excellent condition with no significant dings, dents, scratches, etc.  There is one minor imperfection on the back of the neck at the skunk stripe, smaller than the size of a pencil eraser that has a breach in the clear coat, but it is shallow it does not affect the wood (no indentation) and it hasnt gotten any bigger in 10 years. 

The Stratocaster Plus series

The Strat Plus Series was introduced by Fender in 1987 and was the highest-end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars. (Production stopped in late 1998 or early 1999.)  After CBS sold Fender in 1985, there was no production of Fender guitars in the U.S. from February, 1985 to October, 1985 (almost 8 months). When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were produced between late 1985 through 1986.  One thing is for sure—even though these guitars vary, all Plus guitars had: locking tuners; a roller nut ; and Lace Sensor pickups (which again have been replaced with the EMGs) 
Many of the Plus Series, but not all, came with a Hipshot Tremsetter which compensated for string tension. This one DOES have the tremsetter. If a string breaks while playing, the Tremsetter will compensate and the guitar will stay in tune. It also adds some stability not seen in the stock two point trems.

Like many of the later USA Strats, this neck has the micro-tilt adjustment, which is an Allen screw under the Fender neck plate that pressed against a truss-rod grommet on the backside of the neck. This gives you the versatility of tilting the neck instead of the old method of resorting to shims. All have the skunk-stripe down the back, with a nice C neck profile, as well as the Bi-flex truss rod,
which was a good improvment over the older straight truss rods.


The pictures below are not from this guitar.  All above pictures in the item listing. are this actual guitar up for auction.




Another feature found on the Plus Series is locking tuners. Fender used both Shaller (left) and Sperzel (right) locking tuners. This one has the Shaller (left). These are really slick as you just loosen the nut, pull the string through till it is tight, tighten the nut, cut off the excess, and tune. Also, you will notice that around 1993 the serial numbers moved from the front to the back of the headstock.  Please note in the pictures for this guitar abobe, the screw on tensioner dial on the low E string tuner is missing, my guess is this can be purchased at any parts supplier for $10 or so.


The photo above of the nut above is a Wilkinson. The very first "roller nuts" were a Wilkinson type. As you can see with this one, the top 3 strings float while the other have to feed through an upper pin. This first version of nut was only used a short time and is rare to find. The other photo (above right) shows the Wilkinson nuts that had all the strings feed through a upper "roller" pin that the string rested on, while it went down under a 2nd pin. These were a problem if you wanted to use heavier strings as feeding them through the two pins was a real hassle. (And sometime they just will not fit through the space.)

The Wilkinson nuts were inferior to later LSR Roller nuts (above) that started to appear mid-1993. These made string changes much easier, as each string rode on top of a set of roller bearings—a really great improvement over the Wilkinson nuts. The idea with the roller nut was to improve tuning while using the tremolo. This guitar has the LSR roller Nut

The Plus necks were made from maple with either a rosewood or maple cap and usually had 22 medium-jumbo frets.  This guitar has a rosewood neck



fender strat 51721205703033871 Fender Strat Plus Stratocaster   David Gilmour Emg


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