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Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster Relic, Black

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Overview by GAK

This incredible Artist Inspired Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster will take you to the dark side of the moon and beyond! Boasting an impeccable spec, a crisp sound and an inviting relic’d aesthetic, this instrument is more than just another guitar on the wall.

Classic Feel & Sound

Lovingly crafted by the Fender Custom Shop, this Artist-Inspired Strat boasts carefully hand-picked specs, the finest materials and world-class construction. This particular Strat uses a '57 model as its foundation, with a great-feeling Soft V neck shape (which is perfect for a bend-centric, thumb-over grip), a robust 9.5" radius 1-piece Maple neck/fretboard, 6105 frets and a classic Alder body. If you’re a fan of the traditional feel and warm, balanced sound of a vintage Fender, you’ll love this particular guitar.

Gorgeous Worn-In Look

This Custom Shop Stratocaster features the Relic treatment and a Nitrocellulose finish. The result is an instrument that has been meticulously aged to look like a worn-in, trusty companion that’s been played on countless tours and gigs. Put simply, this is a guitar that has soul and mojo for days!

Vintage Strat Tone

Electronics-wise, this '57 Stratocaster comes equipped with Modern Strat Wiring (5-way selector, master volume, tone for neck/middle, tone for bridge) and a trio of hand-wound Fat 50’s single-coil pickups. These pups are a fantastic compliment to this guitar’s natural voice, providing a delicate response to your playing with enhanced bass, punchy mids and crystalline trebles.

Modern Reliability

Using Fender Gotoh vintage tuners and a Vintage Synchronised Tremolo bridge, this guitar gives you the best elements of a golden-era Strat with the workhorse reliability of a modern one.

You’ll wish you were the owner of this awesome Artist Inspired Black Strat once you’ve played it. If you want the tone, feel and looks of a classic vintage Stratocaster (without the exorbitant cost and maintenance), this Fender Custom Shop '57 Stratocaster is the one.

Overview by Fender

A Fender Custom Shop instrument is extraordinary. You know it when you play one—it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. It’s filled with intangible, electrifying elements that add a new dimension to your playing experience. It’s as if the instrument itself is imbued with history, alive with the spirit of the place where it was built and the devotion of those who crafted it.

The Custom Shop is home to Fender’s most skilled and talented builders. It’s a bustling, noisy and creatively volcanic place that re-earns its nickname—the Dream Factory—every day. Custom Shop builders are completely dedicated to their art—part craftsman, part artist, part music fan and, more often than not, part mad scientist. They’re the best at what they do, and they pour all of their passion, hard-earned knowledge and skill into every instrument they build. It’s no ordinary place, and the creations that come from it are no ordinary instruments. Welcome to the Fender Custom Shop.

For players who wish to create a completely custom instrument—anything from a humbucking pickup-equipped banjo to a custom-engraved aluminum-bodied Strat®—we offer Masterbuilt, a singular experience working one-on-one with one of our Master Builders. Custom-Built is for those prefer to start with one of our time-honored models and personalize the specifications to meet your specific needs. Use this guide to design your very own Masterbuilt or Custom-Built Fender guitar and make your dreams come true.

  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple Neck Medium Tint
  • Neck Shape: '57 Soft V
  • Fingerboard: 1-piece Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret Size: 6105
  • Face Dots: Black Micarta - Wide Spacing
  • Nut: Micarta
  • Tuners: Fender Gotoh Vintage
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickguard: 1 Ply Black
  • Wiring: Modern Strat Wiring
  • Pickups: Handwound Fat '50s Stratocaster


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