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⚌No Longer Available‼ Fender HLE 57 Stratocaster Gold LTD #382 of 500, 1989


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The first limited edition model from the Custom Shop, the Fender HLE Gold 57 Stratocaster re-creates the guitar built in 1957 for Homer Haynes, one of the stars of Country comedy duo Homer and Jethro. This is not entirely a slavish copy of a 1957 model, as the center pickup is RW/RP (reverse wound, reverse polarity) to provide hum-cancelling in positions 2 and 4 of the 5-way switch.

The Fender Custom Shop was started in 1987 by then-Fender employees John Page and Michael Stevens. It’s been going strong ever since.

This Fender HLE 57 Stratocaster is, to say the least, distinctive. Aside from the one-piece Maple neck with a slight amber tinted clear lacquer finish and the stock-but-spare parchment pickguard, everything visible is gold plated or lacquered. It’s clear that this example, #382 of 500, has spent almost all of its time in its case as there is no meaningful wear or tarnish anywhere. It is in nearly-new condition. There may have been an anodized gold pickguard at one time but it is not included.

The original rectangular tweed 1957 style case is included, and contains the Certificate of Authenticity, original 57 style manuals, strap and spare trem spring.

Fender HLE 57 Stratocaster Gold LTD Specifications:

  • Model Name: Limited Edition HLE Stratocaster, Closet Classic, HLE Gold
  • Model Number: 1524682898
  • Series: Custom Limited
  • Colour: HLE Gold
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: AAA Flame Maple
  • Neck Shape: 1957 Soft “V”
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets:21
  • Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
  • Neck Finish: Tinted Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: 1-Piece AAA Flame Maple Neck
  • Position Inlays: Micarta Black
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’57 Single-Coil Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’57 RWRP Single-Coil Strat
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound ’57 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
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Gold Anodized Aluminum, spare Parchment pickguard
  • Control Knobs: Vintage White Closet Classic

Price: $4,250.00 CAD $4,999.99 CAD
  • Model: HLE Gold 57 Stratocaster
  • Year: 1989
  • Finish Metallic Gold
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 382 of 500
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 22/07/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.008lbs 3.64kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.642in 41.73mm
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