The Neck of 'The Dream' Stratocaster
The neck on 'The Dream' stratocaster 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.