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New 'Hank Strat'

Postby RUSSET » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:11 am

I notice Guitar Guitar has commissioned some Fender Japan FSR (Fender Special Run) Strats, especially for their stores. They are two ‘50s Strats. One is an F.Red with Gold hardware (Hank) & the the other an All Black one (Gilmour). They will be £699 each & are available to order in advance. They have the modern Two-point Trem. I have the two-point Trem bridge on my ‘Player Strat’, & it is very efficient & smooth. Yes, I know people might say, 'Oh not another one', but the specs on this are very good : Satin back to neck, 22 Frets, 9.5" radius, Bridge Tone control, C S Fat 50s pickups, synthetic bone nut .

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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby anniv 63 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:57 am

I guess they probably have commisioned a run of about 50 or so.
Certainly looks usual high quality spec and finish of Japanese product.
Might they not have supplied a basic hard case at no extra cost?
Ah well book now to avoid disappointment!!!

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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby RUSSET » Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:48 pm

Yes, I see what you're saying, but you rarely get even a gig-bag with Jap guitars, let alone a hard case. You have to read the small print. I bought a Jap '60s version with the Rosewood board a couple of years back, & , nice as the guitar is, there was nothing extra at all. Even the Mex guitars seem to be drifting that way now, certainly in the 'less than £500' ranges.

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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby dave robinson » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:29 pm

It's made in Mexico, look at the back of the headstock.
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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby RUSSET » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:43 pm

Oh yeah, silly me. It still doesn't mention a bag. I would hope for that price you would get at least a gig bag for a Mex Strat.
Looking closer it has a 3-ply scratchplate too, which isn't exactly the '50s style; but it has Fat '50s pickups. Bit of a mongrel really, but it still looks nice. Perhaps they have a load of those pickups left over since they stopped putting them in the USA Standard Strats. So, it's not really a 'Hank' Strat. It is just a selling opportunity to us Brits.

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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby dave robinson » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:18 am

Well I won't be buying one.
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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby bor64 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:25 pm

I'm with Dave!

BTW swambo too! :lol:

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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby dave robinson » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:53 pm

They brought out a similar guitar last year and included a tweed case for just over £700. It was described as a FSR and I ordered one from Gear4Music, tried it and immediately returned it as I wasn't impressed. I know others who followed suit.
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Re: New 'Hank Strat'

Postby bor64 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:30 pm

A Squier Classiv Vibe '50 2019 in Fiesta Red is now 339 GBP....

So no excuse for not having a red strat ;)


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