We all know that Mike Landau is the man when it comes down to killer strat tones, so i was very surprised to see him put his name to a strat, knowing how fussy he is, it's a sign of how good these guitars are!
These really are fantastic instruments, i'd forgotten how good a Fender Stratocaster felt with a vintage radius, this neck just fits in your hand like a glove, don't get me wrong, this isn't no shred machine but it can handle all the blues-rock and Jeff beck abuse that you can throw at it.
"World-renowned session ace Michael Landau has played on hundreds of albums since the early 1980s, with artists as varied as Joni Mitchell, Seal, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, B.B. King, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis, to name only a few. He has also fronted several bands, including the Raging Honkies, Burning Water and, more recently, Renegade Creation with Robben Ford. With his own group, he continues to raise the bar in electric jazz, instrumental and rock guitar.
The Fender Custom Shop Artist Collection Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster is based on Landau's 1968 Stratocaster, with a hand-selected lightweight alder body, special "custom oval" neck profile, custom hand-wound pickups and wiring, and a worn Black and Bleached Three-color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. Other features include a round-laminated dark rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25" radius and 6105 frets, period-correct large headstock, five-way pickup switching, and custom vintage-style tremolo bridge. The guitar comes with a case, strap and Fender Custom Shop certificate of authenticity."View Full Specs
Model Name: Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster®, Round-Laminated Rosewood, Model Number: 1552200865
Body Material: Select Lightweight Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: Custom "C"
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Dot
Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Pickup Configuration: SSS
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
Neck 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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green