The Fender Stratocaster is probably the most iconic guitar ever produced and the Fender Custom Shop American Custom Stratocaster relic is a fitting addition to this legendary line. This model was only available to order at NAMM 2019 and we are really glad that it got to come home with us!
A traditional Alder body is finished in the iconic Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst NOS, one of Fender's all time classic finishes, it's a real beauty! The nitro lacquer is period correct and will wear beautifully with time and develop its own character even further. It also allows the natural resonance of the body to sing and sustain much more effectively compared with other finishes. The NOS finish gives the appearance of a New Old Stock guitar, one that has been perfectly preserved since construction and doesn't feature any kind of ageing or relic work.
The 4A Flame Maple neck has a smooth finish and a majestic flamed pattern. With a 9.5"-12" compound radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, the American Custom Shop Stratocaster can handle anything you throw at it without even breaking a sweat; it's supremely comfortable and well balanced. The '63 Strat oval C profile is a joy to play and offers a great platform for both rhythm and lead playing.
The defining feature is the signature El Diablo singlecoil pickups, super spicy but not overpowering and harsh, they deliver the real Texas tone.
Supplied with a Fender Custom Shop hard case, this is a real sweet example of Custom Shop quality.