The Stratocaster® is an icon. A legend. It's one of the most played and most playable instruments ever made. We love a vintage Strat at The Music Zoo. But one of our favorite neck shapes ever to come on a Fender® guitar came not on the Stratocaster®, but on the '51 Nocaster®. As far as we're concerned, Leo Fender hit it out of the park on his first swing. Fender's first solidbody guitar had a neck shape that can only be described as colossal. We liked the Fender® Custom Shop's reissue of the '51 Nocaster (and that huge neck) so much that we had to have it on a Strat. Call us selfish, but we got what we wanted, and now you can have it too. The Nocaster-Neck Stratocaster. The NoNeck.
It's no wonder that Leo Fender hit a home run in 1951; many guitarists have noted that the neck felt like a baseball bat. It is super round, a big fat "U" shape that has very little taper from end-to-end. The NoNeck looks like a '60 Stratocaster® but has the amazing feel of an original Nocaster. We can't tell you how many times people who are accustomed to a skinny "fast" neck have picked up a NoNeck Stratocaster®, smiled, and said it was the most comfortable neck they've ever played. But it's not just the neck shape that makes these guitars special, we have rolled some of our favorite guitar specs into the NoNeck as well. A relatively flatter than vintage 9.5" fingerboard radius and big 6105 medium jumbo frets make bends and fast fretwork easy peasy. The pickups are consistent with a '60 Stratocaster®, but with a twist in the middle pickup: it's reverse wound, flipping the polarity so when the 5-way pickup selector is in one of the "in-between" positions (which we love) the usual pickup hum is gone. Essential if you crank it up and play with overdrive.
The NoNeck is available in both NOS and Heavy Relic nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes. The Heavy Relic versions have the finish worn off the back of the neck as well. Feels great. Lots of colors available too. So are you ready for one of the most comfortable Stratocasters you've ever played? Is The Music Zoo in Little Neck, New York? (We are). There's a joke in there somewhere. Give us a call or an email for an in-hand description of the NoNeck Stratocasters® we have in stock now.
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