J.W. BLACK FOUNDERS DESIGN STRATOCASTER®


Model #: 1587172852
J.W. Black Founders Design Stratocaster®, Birdseye Maple Fingerboard, Tobacco Burst

More about J.W. BLACK FOUNDERS DESIGN STRATOCASTER®

J.W. Black always thought his time at Fender was completed, until he got the call to design a guitar for Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Outside of his work with artists for Fender Custom Shop, J.W. built guitars for a large number of doctor/lawyer clientele. “They were a weekend warrior guitar player collector group, and when you talked to them, you knew they were making a special gift for themselves,” he said.

J.W.’s Founders Design Stratocaster is inspired by this FMT “figured maple top” doctor/lawyer model he became known for. The ‘50s-style Stratocaster features a lightweight ash body with a Tobacco Burst color. Players will immediately notice the 5A quilt maple top true to his FMT models, alongside a 5A birdseye maple neck and ‘50s Stratocaster headstock. The golden hardware includes vintage-style staggered tuning machines. “It’s still about Leo and how he served the musician,” he said. “It's taking his greatest designs and just adding modern twists, artist input, player input, and coming up with something that honors his original concept, but brings it up to standards for the modern player.”

Specs

General

General
Model Name: J.W. Black Founders Design Stratocaster®, Birdseye Maple Fingerboard, Tobacco Burst
Model Number: 1587172852
Series: Founders Design
Color: Tobacco Burst

Body

Body
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash
Body Finish: Polyurethane
Body Top: 5A Quilt Maple

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: 5A Birdseye Maple
Neck Shape: Soft "V"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Jescar Evo Gold
String Nut: White Micarta
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Neck Plate: Founders Design Signature neck plate
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple
Position Inlays: Abalone Dot

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Abby Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup: Abby Hand-Wound Fat '50s RWRP Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup: Abby Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style Staggered
Orientation: Right-Hand
Hardware Finish: Gold
Pickguard: 3-Ply Aged White Pearl
Control Knobs: Vintage White

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Custom accessory kit; Founders Design Signature neck plate; engraved bridge cover; G&G Founders Design Signature embroidered Burgundy Alligator Black Poodle case with a deep center pocket; signed Certificate of Authenticity.