Wednesday, June 12, 2013

JUST IN: Fender Custom Shop 1956 Relic Stratocaster Melon Candy

The Fender Custom Shop reached new heights of craftsmanship with its acclaimed Time Machine series—artfully “relic-ed” guitars and basses that revolutionized the entire concept of “reissue” instruments. The Custom Shop has since ventured even higher by crafting meticulous replicas using the same techniques and tooling used to create the originals all those years ago.

A historic instrument with a custom twist. Fender Custom Shop has taken one of Fender’s greatest instruments and added color and features to make the 2013 version something that could have been built in 1956 but wasn’t.

Key Features
  • Lightweight ash body
  • Most requested neck shapes (the 10/'56)
  • Fat '50s pickups 
  • Flatter 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • Taller 6105 frets
One of the most requested wiring and tone-control circuits, which lets the player control the middle and bridge pickups with one tone knob. Finished with gold hardware and an anodized gold pickguard, the 1956 Relic Strat® is a beauty to hear, see and play. Available (for the first time) in three new colors: Melon Candy (pictures above), Lake Placid Blue and Candy Tangerine.

Technical Specs

Body Material:  Select Lightweight Ash
Body Finish:        Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape:       Stratocaster®

Neck Material:  1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish:        Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:       10/56 Large "V"
Scale Length:     25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius:        9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets:             21
Fret Size:             Jumbo
Nut Width:          1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays:  Black Dot

Neck Pickup:      Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup:  Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Bridge Pickup:   Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Pickup Switching:             5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration:     S/S/S
Controls:              Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)

Hardware Finish:              Gold
Bridge:  6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard:           Gold Anodized Aluminum

Included Accessories:    Case, Cable, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity


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