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Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster

Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster  ·  Source: Instagram/Fender

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This Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster is a limited edition run available in a sweet Ocean Turquoise Metallic finish, and featuring a reverse Telecaster headstock. It looks like the Japanese market is getting yet another great-looking model.

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UPDATE

28/05/23

This Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster model is now available in Europe from Thomann * nearly a year after the Japanese launch. This is a great-looking and very well-specified model and so maybe it was worth the wait.

Made in Japan

Made in Japan

Fender Japan

I’m very pleased to see this model finally making its way outside of the Japanese market, as much like the new Sakuraburst Stratocaster I covered today, this model offers something a bit different.

I’m a big fan of Fender Japan and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they release this year, as their new flagship store in Tokyo opens this summer.

I’m guessing there will be a flurry of new releases to promote the new store and that we will see a lot more interesting models throughout 2023 from Fender Japan.

MSRP – EUR 1349 *

Fender Made in Japan Hybrid II HSS OB

Fender Made in Japan Hybrid II HSS OB

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Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster

The limited-run Fender Hybrid II Stratocaster has an HSS pickup configuration and comes factory fitted with a modern two-point synchronized tremolo fitted with vintage-style saddles. Plus a set of vintage locking tuners and a traditional four-bolt neck plate. All good solid stuff and should be great for holding tuning.

The alder body is finished in a pretty stunning Ocean Turquoise Metallic finish that is paired with a three-ply tortoiseshell pickguard. Making this Strat a bit of a looker.

Reverse

It has a fairly typical modern C-shape maple neck, fitted with 22 tall narrow frets, a bone nut, and a 9.5 ” radius maple fingerboard. But then factor in the reverse Telecaster headstock that ramps up the cool factor even further.

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Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster

Ocean Turquoise Metallic

Custom Pickups

The pickups are single Modern Modified Humbucking Pickup Type I in the bridge position and a pair of Hybrid II Custom Voiced single coils in the neck and middle positions. These have pretty standard wiring with a Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup), plus a five-way blade pickup selector switch.

Reverse Telecaster headstock

Reverse Telecaster headstock

Fender Japan

I personally think that this latest limited-run model from Japan is yet another example of a great looking Fender. It would be really good to see some of these reach outside the Japanese market. Hopefully, some will make their way into Europe and the USA. As I cannot be the only guitar player that thinks these are worth selling worldwide.

We have seen the ‘51 Strat/Tele hybrid and the Traditional 60s Jazzmaster with Wide Range humbuckers both make it outside of Japan, so it could happen.

You can check out the full specifications for the Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster from the link below.

MSRP – ¥148,500 inc deluxe gig bag / EUR 1349 *

 

 

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  • Made in Japan: Thomann
  • With reverse a Tele headstock: Fender
  • Reverse Telecaster headstock: Fender
Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster

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One response to “Fender Japan Hybrid II HSS Stratocaster with reverse Tele headstock”

    clown smith says:
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    People complained about Gibson offering too many guitars to nobody.

    Fender has over 150 Strat SKUs MIM, USA, and JPN now – not even counting Custom Shop nor Squiers – that can be ordered.

    WHY.

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