Need a versatile baritone Strat? Because if so, buddy, this is your guy! The body, bridge and input jack plate come from a 1994 Fender Stratocaster Special, but everything else is new and was added for the big baritone makeover. That started with adding a new Fender Sub-Sonic baritone conversion neck and Fender locking tuners. I went with a classic look paring the vintage blonde ash body with an all maple neck, black anodized aluminum pickguard, and chrome accents for the hardware and screws.

The real trick here is in the electronics as this isn't your traditional HSH arrangement. The wiring harness is a Mad Hatter Terminator TEN. This allows you to go between HSH and SSS configurations, splitting the humbuckers and adjusting the pot values from 500K to 250K accordingly, giving you ten different combinations of tones. I added more details from Mad Hatter further down the listing. With the DiMarzio pickups, you get a great mix of sounds because the Tone Zone and PAF Pro sound great in both humbucking and split modes.

The bridge was upgraded with graph tech saddles and is currently decked with heavy springs. You can remove the extra springs and turn it back into a working trem, but I think it works best in the fixed position for maximum sustain. It's setup for B standard with 12-68 strings. The build was completed and given a proper setup by the mad scientist Jeff, at the Fret Shack in Baton Rouge.

The body does have some minor scratches, swirls, chips and wear that come with being nearly 30 years old but is overall in great shape and looks fantastic. You'll only see the marks up close and I've tried to highlight the worst of it in the photos. I've read that these Strat Special bodies *might* be an ash veneer with a poplar body, so I'm not 100% sure if it's all ash or not. Either way, it's solid, resonant and looks great where the paint is translucent. All other components and hardware are in mint condition. Please note, the guitar will not come with a tremolo arm for the bridge or a back plate. It will come in a Tweed Gator Deluxe Wood case that is a perfect match for the vibe!

Info from Mad Hatter about the Terminator TEN

The Terminator-TEN is a system for Humbucker - Single - Humbucker equipped instruments. We consider the Terminator-TEN, which is a combination of the 5/3 and 5/3M systems, our pinnacle system. Inspired after a conversation with Steve Vai, Electric Ed designed the Terminator-TEN the following day. In standard operation mode the Goes to Eleven Volume Pot is at 500k and the Terminator Ten 5-Way Selector Switch has the following pickup combinations:

  • Position One - Bridge Humbucker
  • Position Two - Bridge Humbucker & Middle Single Coil
  • Position Three - Bridge and Neck Humbuckers
  • Position Four - Neck Humbucker & Middle Single Coil
  • Position Five - Neck Humbucker

Engage the Terminator-TEN P/P Pot and turn your guitar into a Strat by changing the value of the Goes to Eleven Volume Pot from 500k to 250k and now having the following pickup combinations with Terminator-TEN 5-Way Selector Switch:

  • Position One - Bridge Humbucker Split
  • Position Two - Bridge Humbucker Split & Middle Single Coil
  • Position Three - Middle Single Coil
  • Position Four - Neck Humbucker Split & Middle Single Coil
  • Position Five - Neck Humbucker Split

With the Terminator-TEN it's like having a Dual Humbucker guitar and Strat in the one guitar!

Full specifications of the instrument to the best of my knowledge.

  • Year: 1994 (body) / 2020 (neck)
  • Brand: Fender
  • Model: Stratocaster
  • Color: Vintage Blonde
  • Construction: Bolt-On
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Bridge Setup: Tremolo / Vintage 6 Screw
  • Pickguard: Black Anodized Aluminum (Perle Guitars)
  • Pickup Config: HSH
  • Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio Tone Zone
  • Middle Pickup: DiMarzio Red Velvet
  • Neck Pickup: DiMarzio PAF Pro
  • Control Layout: Mad Hatter Terminator TEN
  • Strap Pin: Dunlop Dual Design Strap Locks (Strap Retainers Included)
  • Body Wood: Ash (Possibly Ash Veneer Over Poplar?)
  • Body Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Headstock Shape: Inline
  • Tuners: Fender 2-Pin Locking
  • Fretboard Wood: Maple
  • Inlays: Black Dots
  • Side Dots: Black
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • # Frets: 22
  • Frets: Nickel Medium Jumbo 6130 (.106″ x .036″)
  • Scale: 27"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Truss Rod: Standard
  • Strings: 12 - 68
  • Tuning: B Standard
  • Case: Gator Deluxe Wood Tweed (Red Plush Lined Foam Padded)

Additional listing notes:

Shipping - I use USPS and UPS as my two primary options. For I usually use UPS for instruments and larger packages and USPS for smaller packages. The instrument will be securely packaged and fully insured. If something happens during transport, reach out to me and we'll find a way to make it right. Apologies to international / APO buyers, but I don't ship outside of the continental US.

Offers - If I don't have the listing open to offers, please don't message me with an offer, it will not be entertained. If the listing is open to offers, please don't attempt to negotiate more than 15% off the price or offer a trade. These offers will be immediately rejected.

That said, if you have any questions beyond what's covered in this listing, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm happy to answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks for checking this listing out, please check out my other listings, and have a great day!

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Listed4 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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  • Custom Shop Sub-Sonic Stratocaster
  • Vintage Blonde
  • 1994 Body / 2020 Neck
Made In
  • Mexico
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Model Family
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 22

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