Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Dennis Galuska '65 Stratocaster Relic, Olympic White
Overview by GAK
Crafted by acclaimed Master Builder Dennis Galuska, who has made instruments for Paul McCartney, Andy Summers, Sting & countless other prominent artists, this 1965 Stratocaster represents the best of what the Fender Custom Shop has to offer. With a jaw-dropping spec that includes handwound Josefina pickups and made with the finest tonewoods available, this Strat is more than a great guitar - it’s a work of art.
Classic Feel & Sound
Using a 1965 Stratocaster as its basis, this Fender Custom Shop guitar is undeniably vintage at its core. Thanks to the smooth Quarter Sawn Maple neck, which features a '65 Strat C profile and a 7.25" radius, this guitar feels as comfortable and timeless as a “golden era” instrument. The gorgeous AAA Dark Rosewood fretboard is adorned with Mother of Pearl inlays & premium Vintage Upgrade 45085 frets, which enhance that old-school playability.
The choice Alder body provides a strong tonal foundation for this Strat, with the balanced response, warm clarity and singing sustain that you’d expect from a prized Fender. The body is coated in a period-correct nitrocellulose finish, which promotes resonance by letting the guitar “breathe” and will look better as it ages.
Gorgeous Worn-In Look
Master builder Dennis Galuska has given this Strat the Custom Shop Relic treatment. This meticulous process imbues every aspect of this Strat with the authentic worn-in wear of an instrument that has been played for years. From the oxidised hardware to the various playing wear checks, this Strat oozes character.
Vintage Strat Tone
Amplifying this Custom Shop Strat’s beautiful voice is a trio of handwound '65 Strat single-coils. These pickups were wound by Fender’s Queen of Pickups, Josefina Campos, who was an apprentice to the legendary Abigail Ybarra. With a crisp, clear tone that boasts crystalline highs, warm mids and defined lows, these HW pickups nail that iconic '60s Strat sound.
This Dennis Galuska Strat effortlessly combines the most desirable aspects of a vintage instrument with the rock-solid reliability of a modern one. This is thanks to Galuska’s masterful craftsmanship, a vintage-correct spec and the use of top-quality components. You can count on this Strat to deliver the outstanding feel & tone of a '60s Fender on the road, in the studio or at home - without the constant care & maintenance!
This Dennis Galuska-made Custom Shop Stratocaster represents why the Fender Custom Shop is at the forefront of guitar craftsmanship. It’s a truly remarkable instrument that has a genuine '60s feel & sound. Combine this with the Master Built seal-of-quality and you have an instrument that will be a fantastic companion for generations to come.
- Body Wood: Alder
- Base Model: '65 Strat
- Body Spread: 2-piece
- Body Finish: Relic, Nitrocellulose
- Finish Colour: Olympic White
- Neck Wood: 5/4 Quarter Sawn Maple
- Neck Shape: '65 Strat "C"
- Truss Rod: Early '60s
- Mounting Style: 4 Bolt
- Fingerboard: Sort For AAA Dark Rosewood
- Radius: 7.25"
- Fret Size: Vintage Upgrade / 45085
- Frets: 21
- Face Dots: Mother Of Pearl - Narrow Spacing
- Nut: Bone
- Tuners: Fender Gotoh Vintage
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: American Vintage Strat
- Trem Arm: Vintage Uprgraded '60s Relic
- Pickguard: 63-69 Mint Green Strat
- Controls: Modern Strat Wiring
- Selector Switch: 5-way
- Pickups: Handwound Josefina '65 Strat (Middle is RW/RP)
- Pots: 250K 10% Taper Split
- Included: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele Black Case, Strap & Certificate of Authenticity
No upgrades available