The Simon Neil Stratocaster brings the enigmatic Biffy Clyro frontman's own individual touches to an already awesome Squier Classic Vibe ‘60s electric guitar. The playability of a Strat, combined with the precocious tonal versatility within this model is something very rarely seen. The fact it is available at this price is down to Neil himself, wanting to create a flawless instrument that was affordable to as many people as possible. Neil’s dedication to Biffy fans is what makes this guitar so special.
The body is crafted from alder, a tonewood that was used extensively in late '50s and early '60s Strat bodies. Alder has a strong, articulate and full-bodied voice that provides thick mids, penetrating lows and sparkling highs - a perfect choice to match Neil's versatile playing-style.
The maple neck gives a delightfully snappy response with quick attack, which is excellent for staccato picking and choppy riffs. The rosewood fingerboard guarantees all notes are rich and articulate; great for rapidly changing between deft rhythm chops and speedy lead licks - a consistent feature throughout Biffy's songs.
The pickup compliment consists of three custom vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positions. The pickups utilise a mix of alnico III and V magnets to excellent effect, offering up sublime tones. The 5-way pickup selector switch and individual neck and middle pickup tone controls, allow you to pull a wide-range of sounds from this guitar, adding to its already impressive tonal repertoire.
The 6-saddle vintage-style synchronised tremolo lets you inject subtle or dramatic inflections into your playing, to create truly personalised performances. The tremolo slips back into starting position smoothly and efficiently. The 6-in-line American Vintage tuning machines keep you locked in no matter how hard you play, and adjustments can be make quickly and accurately.
A 3-ply mint green pickguard protects the gorgeous fiesta red body finish from unwanted nicks and scrapes, allowing it to remain in pristine condition for as long as possible.
Features such as Neil's own signature on the reverse of the headstock and Biffy's logo on the front, add to the unique details that make this a great collector's item. However, this is not a guitar to be hung on the wall. It is to be put in the hands of someone who will truly appreciate the effort that Simon Neil and Squier have put into this wonderful instrument.
Manufacturer Squier Model Simon Neil Classic Vibe Strat 60s Electric Guitar Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile Thin U No. of Frets 21 Medium Jumbo Position Inlays White Dot Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo Active/Passive Passive Tuners 6-in-Line American Vintage Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green Pickups Neck: Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat Middle: Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat Bridge: Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat Controls Master Volume Tone 1. (Neck Pickup) Tone 2. (Middle 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 Finish Fiesta Red Unique Features Simon's Signature on the Back of the Headstock, Biffy Clyro Band Logo on the Front of the Headstock, Aged White Knobs, Pickup Covers and Switch Tip, Vintage Tinted Neck, White Dot Position Inlays, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut, Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
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