Excellent condition with only minor impression on front of body. Includes Fender hard shell case in good/ok condition….
About this guitar:
Mahogany body, P-90-style pickups, wraparound tailpiece, 24 3/4″ scale. Sounds like a Gibson Les Paul Special. But alas, the instrument bearing these features looks like a Fender Stratocaster.
Recently launched as part of Fender’s American Special series, the Strat-o-Sonic DVI offer a unique twist on an old favorite. Scale length aside, the neck of the Strat-o-Sonic is pure Fender – modern polyurethane-finished C-shaped bolt-on maple with a 91/2″ radius rosewood fretboard and a larger-profile black headstock. And from outward appearances, the body is standard Fender Strat, but made of Honduran mahogany with five tone chambers and not solid alder or solid ash. The overall appearance of the Strat-o-Sonic is very pleasing and well-conceived. The brown sunburst finish over the mahogany body, along with the black headstock and plastic parts, give the guitar a real vintage look and vibe.
Fender definitely borrowed some styling concepts from Gibson when it came to the wraparound bridge, but with marked improvements from the one-size-fits-all unit on older Les Paul Specials. Fender’s new Tech-Tonic bridge is made of chrome-plated brass, and is fully adjustable – each saddle can be adjusted for height and intonation, and the tailpiece can be raised, lowered, and locked in place. Other hardware includes chrome Fender/Schaller cast/sealed tuners, Schaller straplock buttons, and a tree for the B and E strings. Rounding out the list of features is a small black/white/black pickguard, abalone dot inlays on the fretboard, master volume and tone knobs.
The one other feature that made this “Strat” unique was that it was 243/4″ scale like a Gibson and not 251/2″ like most other Strats (yes, Fender has produced some “short-scale” Strats).
Though very reminiscent of Gibson P-90s, Blackdoves are true single-coils, not stacked humbuckers.
Playability was good, the chambered body is light – especially for mahogany – and the contours felt comfortable.
From the first strum, it’s evident Fender spent time matching the pickup to this guitar. The clean tones from the tested amps were fat, like you’d expect from a P-90, but they retained a lot of the high-end shimmer often lost on overwound single-coils. The bridge position has a fat “Tele” kind of sound, with a little less twang, and good thump to the low-end and snap to the highs.