The neck on 'The Dream' is fabricated with a 'through neck'
design, thus allowing very easy playing right up to the 24th fret.
Because Fender made this as a 24 fret neck design right from the start the
instrument is 'a dream' to play.
As you become more accustomed to the special composite radius of this guitar the top
of the neck is a cool place to be, easy to get there with many completely
unique sounds, but all the old favourites are there as well as some fabulous
clean 'driven' tones that remain unique to this instrument.
Fender utilised a logo 'similar' to the USA Deluxe strat on
this neck - it's a type of foil material and in this case it is over
lacquered for protection.
The markers on the neck are star shaped as you will see on many of the
photo's on this site and utilise the Sims Leds design and are visible on a
dark stage, or you can set them to work like a VU meter... see the Sims Leds
section of this site for further technical info.
The electronics driving this instrument are particularly technical and it's
easy to see where lots of the original cost went - custom development and
many features that have not been available on any other Fender ever.
Also notice on the photo that there are locking Spurzel's
fitted as standard - probably the best machine heads in the world today.
Examine the photo's on this site of the front of the headstock and you will
notice that there are no string tree's present on the top strings. This is
not a problem on this guitar because of the way in which the construction
has been undertaken. The Floyd Rose tremolo and the Sperzel's achieve a
great solution - and linked to the unique radius on the neck the string
tree's would have been fitted for no reason - so Fender just left them off!
Another interesting feature is that of the truss rod. The
rod is actually threaded in reverse - so all adjustments are carried out on
this guitar by turning the truss rod adjuster the opposite way to a normal
guitar. The story goes that Paul Reed Smith himself made an adjustment to
the truss rod and turned it so far the wrong way that he 'almost' bound the
rod - an action that would have caused severe damage to the instrument.
Luckily he was corrected in his ways before any damage occurred.
It's a web site with a Strat
like you've never seen
Now is the time to
check out this completely
really close look
at one of the finest
guitars to come out of
the Fender Custom
shop - made by
master builder Gene Baker
Q. How long did the
dream strat take to
dream strat took
over 3 years to complete