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Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster Heavy Relic, Metallic Purple

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Overview by GAK

This Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster boasts an impressive spec. Combining a vintage core with modern appointments and a stunning Relic’d aesthetic, this jaw-dropping instrument more than lives up the Strat’s legacy.

Classic Feel & Sound

Using a '56 Strat as its base model, this guitar is a classic guitar at heart. The unmistakable vintage character is thoughtfully infused with slick, modern playability. This is derived from the 1-piece Quarter Sawn Maple neck, which features a soft V profile and is adorned with jumbo 6100 frets (perfect for expressive bends & vibrato).

The authentic Ash body is true to its '56 basis and provides this Strat with a voice that has a balanced resonance and a sweet sustain. It’s coated in a nitrocellulose lacquer, which helps the guitar to “breathe” and age in a pleasing way.

Gorgeous Worn-In Look

This Stratocaster has been given the Custom Shop Heavy Relic treatment, a meticulous and time-consuming process that gives this guitar an authentically battle-hardened aesthetic. Every aspect of this guitar looks like a trusty companion that has been well-played for decades. Even the neck has been carefully sanded down to give it that smooth played-in feel.

Incredible Strat Tone

Mixing up three different types of premium pickup, this Custom Shop Strat has a sound all of its own. There’s a biting Texas Special in the bridge, a warm Fat '50s in the middle and a chiming '58 Strat in the neck. Combined with the Modern Strat wiring, you’ve got a huge palette of tones to play with. Plus, the Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity construction of these pickups helps to eliminate hum.

Modern Reliability

Whilst this Strat is authentically '50s, it benefits from the Custom Shop’s world-class build-quality and the finest components. This means that, unlike a vintage guitar that can be prone to constant maintenance, this Stratocaster can be counted on to deliver. If you need to bring a vintage sound to your studio session or performance, this Strat is a great choice.

With an intriguing spec that combines a classic '55 Strat with jumbo frets and a hot Texas Special pickup, this instrument is a testament to the Custom Shop’s astounding craftsmanship. If you’re looking for an inspiring Stratocaster, get your hands on this one today.

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  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Base Model: '56 Strat
  • Body Spread: 2-piece
  • Body Finish: Heavy Relic, Nitrocellulose
  • Finish Colour: Metallic Purple
  • Neck Wood: 5/4 Quarter Sawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: 10/56 Soft "V"
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Sanded Back
  • Fingerboard: 1-piece Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret Size: Jumbo / 6100
  • Frets: 21
  • Face Dots: Black Micarta - Wide Spacing
  • Nut: Bone
  • Tuners: Fender Gotoh Vintage
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: American Vintage Strat
  • Pickguard: 1-ply Anodized Gold/Vintage White
  • Wiring: Modern Strat Wiring
  • Pickups: Texas Special (Bridge), Fat '50s (Middle), '58 Strat (Neck) & RWRP
  • Selector Switch: 5-way Lever
  • Pots: 250K 10% Taper Split
  • Weight: 3.62 kg
  • Included: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele Brown Case & Certificate of Authenticity


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