Hand picked by us during a recent trip to the Fender Custom Shop facility in Corona, California. There were 3 UK dealers on this trip and as we entered the Custom Shop conference room to pick the stock we wanted, it soon became clear that we all wanted the same guitars! However, most of the guitars on display were one-offs, so the fairest way was to have our names picked from a hat, to see who would "win" the chance to purchase the guitar. The luck was with me that day, we snagged 11 out of 14 guitars!
Killer Strat based around a '60 model so it has an Alder Body with a Maple neck and AAA grade Rosewood fretboard.
The neck shape is a Mid 60's style oval C measuring .850" at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th, so it has a fair amount of beef to it but it just feels great, especially as it has a 9.5" radius and 6105 medium jumbo frets, plus it has a super worn dirty neck back, with virtually no finish present.
Pickups are a '60 Strat set, which have just the right amount of power and chime.
It has shielding paint in the cavity, which is something that SRVs tech, Rene Martinez used to do to Stevies Strats, it would cut down on some of the electrical interference that single coils can suffer from and in turn, slightly lower the inductance, which adds a little more low end focus. It's like the tone of a guitar tuned down to e flat, it's just generally a little darker and fuller.