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Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster NOS, Birdseye Maple Neck, Fiesta Red

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Overview by GAK

This incredible '56 Stratocaster has been crafted by the Fender Custom Shop’s artisan luthiers using only the finest tonewoods & materials available. With a jaw-dropping spec that includes a AA Birdseye Maple top and handwound pickups, this '50s Strat is a truly special piece. Whether you’re a Rider In The Sky or a Man of Mystery - this Strat will transport you to a Wonderful Land!

Classic Feel & Sound

Using a sought-after '56 model as its foundation, this Custom Shop Stratocaster is undeniably vintage at its heart. Classic playability is catered for by the stunning 1-piece AA Birdseye Maple neck, which features a comfortable 10/56 V profile and is adorned with narrow tall 6105 frets. From comfortable chording to expressive vibrato, this Strat can pull it off with ease.

The robust Alder body provides this Strat with a natural voice that seamlessly blends crystalline highs, warm mids and a defined low-end.

New Old Stock

This Custom Shop Stratocaster has been given the New Old Stock treatment. This is the lightest of all the Time Machine processes - it’s as if you went back in time and purchased the guitar brand new! Whilst it’s decidedly vintage in character, it’s absolutely pristine.

Vintage Strat Tone

Equipped with a trio of gorgeous handwound '56 Strat pickups, you can count on this guitar to authentically deliver the crisp chime and bold warmth that you’d expect from a “golden era” Fender. Closely modelled on pickups that were made in the '50s, these premium single-coils boast a distinct tonal purity and sweetness. The middle pickup uses a Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity construction that eliminates unwanted hum.

Modern Reliability

This Stratocaster gives you the best of a classic and contemporary instrument. You’ve got the soul, sound and feel of a vintage Fender with the rock-solid, road-ready reliability of one made in the modern age. If you need to bring an authentically vintage tone to your gig or recording session, this Custom Shop Strat won’t let you down.

Are you ready to step out of the Shadows and start Driftin’ to guitar bliss? Then this Custom Shop Stratocaster, with its beautiful Birdseye Maple neck and lush handwound pickups, is the guitar you need.

Weight - 7.88lbs

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  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Base Model: '56 Strat
  • Body Spread: 2-piece
  • Body Finish: New Old Stock, Nitrocellulose
  • Finish Colour: Fiesta Red
  • Neck Wood: AA Birdseye Maple
  • Neck Shape: 10/56 "V"
  • Truss Rod: '50s
  • Mounting Style: 4 Bolt
  • Fingerboard: 1-piece Maple
  • Radius: 9.50
  • Fret Size: Narrow tall / 6105
  • Frets: 21
  • Face Dots: Black Micarta - Wide Spacing
  • Nut: Blank Bone
  • Tuners: Fender Gotoh Vintage
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Bridge: Vintage Strat NOS
  • Pickguard: 54-58 White 1-ply Vintage Strat
  • Controls: Modern Strat Wiring
  • Selector Switch: 5-way
  • Pickups: Handwound '56 Strat (Middle is RW/RP)
  • Pots: 250K 10% Taper Split
  • Included: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele Tweed Case, Strap & Certificate of Authenticity


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