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Wildwoodians Principal Masterbuilder Ron Thorn has gifted us with yet another drool-worthy tone machine: the California Special. The California Special is especially interesting because it is an entirely new design with no historical precedent. Ron Thorn has pushed the boundaries of what the Fender Custom Shop can do, and the results are magnificent. He built a brand-new body shape, a vibrato system that he designed himself, new pickup placements, and an innovative switching system that is both inspiring and versatile.
A True Golden State Warrior
Despite its newness, the California Special will feel immediately familiar. It has a comfy oval C-shaped neck profile with a 9.5" radius and narrow-tall frets, which is a combination that makes for buttery bends and easy chording. And, the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard imparts a sweet, musical brand of compression to the attack that will be immediately familiar to vintage guitar aficionados. Speaking of vintage tones, the Fat '50s single-coil pickups also sound like old friends with their sweet, chiming highs and warm lows.