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Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster

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Product information - FENDER Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster

Authentic replica of the first Custom Color Strat, Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka

With the Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster, the famous US guitar maker from Southern California celebrates a true piece of Stratocaster history. Howard Reed Junior ordered his Stratocaster model in Dallas, Texas in 1955, but with the special request of a completely black paint finish, instead of the then exclusively available 2-color Sunburst finish. In Howard's Rockabilly Band, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, the sound of his Stratocaster could be heard on US radio for years. Last but not least, three stick-on letters attached by Howard Reed Jr. himself on the upper cut refer to the initials of the owner of this first black Stratocaster. None other than Fender masterbuilder Dennis Galuszka himself set himself the task of recreating the Strat classic as faithfully as possible.

Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster Front

Dennis Galuszka's 1955 replica of Howard Reed Jr. Strat.

Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster Neck

Three initials of the previous owner are affixed to the Private Collection H.A.R. Strat and give it its name.

50s Maple Neck Construction

As a true 1955 Strat, the Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster was equipped with a classic one-piece maple neck and a correspondingly strong 1954 'U' profile. Also all Dings and Dings of the original are to be found at neck and body. For a true fifties vintage feeling, 21 frets in vintage format are available, while the curved 7.25" radius corresponds to that of the classic instruments of the era.

Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster Pickups

Authentic traces of H.A.R. Strat play include paint damage, cracked pickup covers and a broken pickguard.

Custom Shop Hand Wound '55 Single Coils

For authentic strat sounds of the mid-fifties, the Fender Custom Shop relies on three custom shop handwound '55 single coils with classic circuitry, wound according to a proven recipe. The Alnico magnets on the single spools are based on original vintage pickups in terms of magnetic strength and number of windings and produce the classic Stratocaster spectrum from clear Fender Cleans to raw and untamed sounds on amplifiers that have been extended further.


  • Fender Private Collection H.A.R. Stratocaster by Dennis Galuszka
  • Body in one piece made of selected lightweight ash
  • One piece maple neck (Flat Sawn Maple)
  • 1954-'U' neck profile
  • 21 Vintage frets
  • Three Custom Shop Handwound '55 Single Coils
  • 6-Saddle American Vintage Tremolo
  • Vintage-Style Machine Heads
  • Artificially aged nitrocellulose finish
  • Authentic traces of play on body and neck
  • Includes Fender Hardshell Case and Certificate of Authenticity


  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Series: Custom Shop
  • Design: Stratocaster
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck Profile: 1954 'U'
  • Scale in mm: 648
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard Radius in Inches: 7.25
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Format: Vintage
  • Fretboard Inlays: Dot
  • Nut type: Bone
  • Nut width in mm: 41.9
  • Pickup: SSS
  • Manufacturer pickups: Fender
  • Neck Pickup: CS HW '55 Single Coil Strat
  • Middle Pickup: CS HW '55 Single Coil Strat
  • Bridge Pickup: CS HW '55 Single Coil Strat
  • Piezo Pickup: No
  • Active pickups: No
  • Coil-splitting: No
  • Switch: 5-Way
  • Control: Vol, Tone, Tone
  • Bridge: Am. Vintage Synchronized Trem
  • Tuners: Fender Vintage "F" Stamped
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • String Gauge: .010 - .046
  • Factory Tuning: Standard E
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Colour: Black
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Case included: Yes
  • Gigbag included: No
  • Certificate: Yes
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