Friday, December 11, 2009

Matt Schofield's SVL Sixty-One Strat

In my previous post I mentioned Matt Schofield's SVL Sixty-One Strat -- a travel and tour replacement for his beloved and valuable '61 Fender Stratocaster.

Matt has chosen playability and function over merely recreating a purely vintage replica. These are the specs of his SVL Sixty-One, as Matt tells it on his 2007 forum post:

  • One piece alder body, just under 4lbs
  • Yellowed Olympic White, thin nitro finish
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard on a flame maple neck, similar in contour to his '61 but slightly thicker at the first few frets
  • Back of the neck is sealed but has no finish, for a bare wood feel
  • Heavily rolled fingerboard edges
  • Jumbo 6100 frets
  • Slightly flatter compound fingerboard radius -- 9 1/2" to 12" at the end of the fingerboard
  • Hardware is vintage style -- Kluson tuners and a Callaham bridge and steel trem block but with graphite Stringsaver saddles
  • Pickups are scatter-wound Amalfitano SP's

(Pic Source and Matt's full forum post are here: Forum)


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