Fender Custom Shop HSS Stratocaster Cherry Burst 2002

The Fender Custom Shop opened in 1987 with the goal of producing high-end version of Fender guitars on-par with those produced under Leo Fender before the CBS takeover in 1965. Fender Custom Shop instruments are usually made in very small production runs and there is a great deal of variation within its output. Guitars like this Stratocaster feature upgraded pickups, hardware, and woods. Due to the highly customized character of Custom Shop guitars, their valuation can vary greatly based on the specifics of the instrument. 
 
Years of Production: 1987 - present

Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody

Unique to this Era: In this era, HSS Strats sported a pearloid or tortoiseshell pickguard with different finishes. 

Wood Composition: Ash body, Maple fingerboard, Maple neck

Design Elements:  One humbucker and two single-coil pickups, five-way pickup selector, dot inlays, pearloid pickguard

Notable Stratocaster Players: Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton

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