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    Fender Custom Shop Private Collection HAR Stratocaster - Black - Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka


    The Private Collection HAR Stratocaster is a head-turner and an eye-catcher. When the guitar was ordered by Howard Reed Jr. in 1955, it was the first of its kind: all black. An iconic player in his own right, as well as with Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, Howard Reed added his initials ‘H.A.R.’ to the upper horn of the guitar so audience wouldn’t forget who he was. 

    The original guitar was displayed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum until 2013, and now resides in a private collection. The famed original black Strat has now been masterfully replicated as only Fender’s Custom Shop builders can. 

    The tone from the original vintage Strat® wiring is compressed and iconic, controlled only by a three-way pickup selector instead of the standard five-way.


    Only 60 units made worldwide! 

    Dennis Galuszka, Masterbuilder

    Dennis Galuszka was promoted to master builder after having only been an apprentice in the Custom Shop for eight months, and has since created instruments for a myriad of artists, also pursuing unusual takes on classic Fender instruments, even exploring artist models and double necks!


     In 1955, musician Howard Reed Jr. walked into the McCord Music Company of Dallas, Texas and ordered a Stratocaster®, with one special caveat—that it be black, instead of the standard 2-Color Sunburst. This request inadvertently made history, resulting in the creation of one of the earliest known black Stratocaster guitars and beginning a custom-color tradition that continues to this day. In 1958 Reed joined famous rockabilly group Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, using his custom Strat onstage as his primary guitar. The sound of this black Stratocaster was heard all over Texas on “The Big D Jamboree”—a radio show on the local CBS affiliate.

    Reed wanted to make sure audiences knew who he was, so he used stick-on letters to add his initials to the upper bout of the guitar, an act that seems to be something of a tradition among Texas guitarists. After Reed’s passing in 1981, the guitar was displayed at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from January, 1998 through May, 2013 and now resides in a private collection.

    Master Builder Dennis Galuszka reproduced this guitar in exacting detail, as only a Fender Custom Shop Master Builder can; from the nicks and dings it acquired during its stage life to the unique stick-on letters forming his initials. The one-piece select ash body is crafted from wood chosen for its grain and weight, and bears three hand-wound Custom Shop ’55 single-coil Stratocaster pickups. As vintage-accurate as possible, these pickups have the classic sound that made Fender a legend. The plain-grain maple neck has a “1954 U” profile, and the vintage-accurate 7.25”-radius fingerboard bears 21 vintage-style frets.

    The other features include 3-way pickup switching, original vintage Strat® wiring, single-ply Eggshell pickguard, American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and round string tree. Includes hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.



    Serial Number







    Solid Body




    Right Handed

    Number of Strings


    Body Shape


    Body Material

    1-Piece Select Ash

    Body Finish

    Nitrocellulose Lacquer

    Neck Material

    Flat Sawn Maple

    Neck Shape

    1954 U

    Neck Finish

    Nitrocellulose Lacquer

    Fretboard Material


    Number of Frets


    Fretboard Inlays

    Black Dots

    Fret Size

    Vintage Style

    Fretboard Radius

    7.25 (184.1 mm)

    Nut Material


    Nut Width


    Neck Pickups

    Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55 Single-Coil Strat

    Middle Pickups

    Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55 Single-Coil Strat

    Bridge Pickups

    Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55 Single-Coil Strat


    Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), 3 Position Pickup Selector (Bridge, Middle, Neck)


    6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo


    Vintage-Style with Fender Logo


    Fender USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)

    Case/ Bag

    Fender Custom Shop Hardshell Case Included - Period Correct