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Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Chad Underwood has been quietly cementing his reputation as the "Bolt on Builder" of choice to the likes of David Grissom, Paul Reed Smith (Yes, that Paul Reed Smith who currently owns several of Chads guitars) Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh, Lee Roy Parnell, as well as several other extremely talented high profile players.

This particular model, the Chad Underwood Hardtail Mongrel Stratocaster is another stellar example of his work. Aptly named the Mongrel, this hardtail Stratocaster isn't just a blocked tremolo, rather it is accomplished via a vintage style Fender Telecaster Ashtray bridge w/3 brass saddles.

Bringing her to life is a pair of Lollar Blonde Stratocaster pickups up front and featured in the "T" style bridge is a Lollar Special Telecaster pickup. This particular guitar is one of Chads earlier builds when he could still make and sell guitars with the Fender label on the headstock. The old growth Brazilian Rosewood fretboard is a work of art by itself. Equipped with the familiar 5-way pickup selector switch we all love, this masterpiece just has to be heard, familiar in all the right places yet with a tone that can only be described as well... well, it sounds like a cross between a Stratocaster and a Telecast. (okay, we all saw that Pure bell like notes ring out with ease, crisp bass notes that pop through the mix, and seemingly endless sustain to boot!

What sets Chad apart from the rest of the pack is his tireless attention to the most minute details, coupled with a deep knowledge of and a passion for the classic '50s to mid '60s Fullerton masterpieces right down to the rounded fretboard edges and Chads patented Nitrocellulose Lacquer based finishing process lovingly and faithfully recreates the feel and visual appeal of a 60 to 70 year old guitar that's been lovingly cared for. The weather checking on this guitar is difficult to capture but displays just right in person.

Color: Trans Seafoam Green
Weight: 6lbs 5oz
Body: Ash
Body date:
Neck: Maple
Neck Profile: C
Neck date:
Fretboard: Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood
Inlay: White Micarta .250 dots
Frets: Medium almost new
Fret count: 21
Nut material: Tusq
Nut width: 1.66
Scale: 25.5
Radius: 9.5
Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.851
Neck thickness at 7th fret: 0.974
Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1.02
Hardware: original
Neck pickup: Lollar Blonde 5.68
Middle pickup: Lollar Blonde 5.71
Bridge pickup: Lollar Special 7.84
Pickguard: original 3-ply wbw
Bridge: Fender Telecaster 3 saddle ashtray
Tuners: original
Switch: 5-way
Pots: original
Case: Gator hardshell

Mahar's Vintage Guitars

Mahar's Vintage Guitars

Chad Underwood
Near Mint
Trans Seafoam Green
Mahar's Vintage Guitars
Chuck Mahar
Online Only
8:51 PM
Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Usually available always, sometimes not so much, even at other times on other days.

Buyer to pay prior to shipment via Paypal, wire transfer, credit card or other electronic means. Payment must clear before shipping. Certified checks and trades are accepted, however checks must clear before we will ship and trades must be received here and evaluated prior to shipment of our item.

All orders ship within three business days of the receipt of an order, usually faster. Tracking information will be automatically forwarded to all buyers. Buyers must retain all shipping materials in the event a return is necessary.

Returns accepted if the purchaser responds within 48 hours of receipt of an item and there is a discrepancy relating to the condition or originality of an item. Returns are not accepted for items that do not meet the needs or sonic tastes of clients due to the subjective nature, unless such concern is stated prior to the purchase. Any return for reasons other than incorrect advertising of condition or originality on the part of Mahar's Vintage Guitars shall be the responsibility of the buyer, which shall result in the buyer paying all shipping costs (to and from) their location.