Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster Relic, 3-Tone Sunburst
Overview by GAK
This Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster is a full-on '60s machine. Featuring a fantastic spec and made with the finest tonewoods available, even the most die-hard vintage aficionados will fall in love with this Strat.
Classic Feel & Sound
Using a sought-after 1960 Strat as its foundation, this guitar is undeniably vintage at its core. This is “golden era” playing experience is bolstered by the 1-piece quarter sawn Maple neck, which features a comfortable '60 style Oval C profile. The neck is adorned with a beautiful AAA Dark Rosewood fretboard and jumbo 6100 frets, which lend a modern twist to this Strat’s playability and enable effortless bending.
The highly resonant Alder body provides this Strat with a lovely natural voice that boasts crisp highs, clear mids and a defined low-end. It’s coated in an old-school nitrocellulose finish, which looks better as it ages and enhances sustain.
Gorgeous Worn-In Look
This Stratocaster has undergone the Custom Shop’s Relic treatment, which gives it an authentic worn-in aesthetic. Every part of this guitar has been carefully processed, including playing wear and aged hardware, to give it the timeless character of an instrument that’s been played for years.
Vintage Strat Tone
Equipped with a trio of handwound Fat '60s pickups, this Custom Shop Stratocaster can pull off all the quintessential tones and more. Featuring a sweet and crisp articulation, these single-coils convey the delicate nuances of your playing style. They’ve been slightly overwound, which provides a punchy low-end that works for more modern tones as well as classic ones. The middle pickup uses a Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity build, which cancels out him.
Whilst this Fender Custom Shop is a vintage instrument at its heart, it has the advantage of top-notch CS build-quality and precision-engineered components. The result is a guitar that has the sound and feel of a vintage instrument, with the rock-solid reliability of a modern workhorse.
If you’re a fan of '60s Strats (or Fender guitars in general), you’ll love this Custom Shop guitar. Boasting an authentic vintage quality at a non-vintage price, gorgeous tonewoods and lush pickups, it’s impossible to find fault with this incredible instrument.
Weight - 7.5lbs
- Body Wood: Alder
- Base Model: '60 Strat
- Body Spread: 2-piece
- Body Finish: Relic, Nitrocellulose
- Finish Colour: 3-Tone Sunburst
- Neck Wood: 5/4 Quarter Sawn Maple
- Neck Shape: '60 Style Oval "C"
- Truss Road: Early '60s
- Mounting Style: 4 Bolt
- Fingerboard: Sort For AAA Dark Rosewood
- Radius: 9.50
- Fret Size: Jumbo / 6100
- Frets: 21
- Face Dots: White Micarta - Narrow Spacing
- Nut: Blank Bone
- Tuners: Fender Gotoh Vintage
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: American Vintage Strat
- Pickguard: Mint Green '63-69 Strat
- Controls: Modern Strat Wiring
- Selector Switch: 5-way
- Pickups: Handwound Fat '60s Strat (Middle is RW/RP)
- Pots: 250K 10% Taper Split
- Included: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele Brown Case, Strap & Certificate of Authenticity