Fender Custom Shop 1959 ’59 Reissue Stratocaster Time Machine Relic 2008 Slab Board 3 Tone Sunburst


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Fender Custom Shop 1959 ’59 Stratocaster Time Machine Relic 2008 3 Tone Sunburst. 9.5/10 Excellent Used Condition. 7.5lb on our scales.

One of the most important things to happen over at the Fender Custom Shop was the birth of “Relic” instruments. The time machine relics were introduced in 1999 and were Fenders first attempt to bring everything in house from the previous “Cunetto” relic guitars. This particular guitar is from 2005 and is a highly accurate 59 relic in the classic 3 Tone Sunburst finish.

This particular guitar is in excellent used condition and has been played with care over the years. It is complete with its original case, owners manual, hang tags, ashtray bridge cover, tremolo arm, extra springs and the all important Custom Shop Certificate.

If you are still reading this, you know what this is. Something quite special in this condition and highly sought after amongst collectors and players alike. The beautiful yet subtle Relic work oozes quality and really does look like a real 1959 strat. Not over the top and nicely detailed. The guitar features a beautiful maple neck with a lovely tight grain Rosewood Slab fretboard. The neck features the slightly fuller ’59 C profile with a 7.25 radius we all know and love, really easy to play and super comfortable.

Plugged in the guitar sounds fantastic with its handwound pickups as you’d expect, this one can really do it all and is super versatile with the 5 way switch supplied with these installed (the original 3 way is included). At this time The Custom Shop operation was a much smaller team of highly skilled luthiers back in 2008 allowing for much higher attention to detail during the build process. Every instrument from the Fender Custom Shop during this period was hand crafted and meticulously detailed – afterall the team wanted the “Relic” guitars built in house after the “Cunetto” era relics to sell well.

Specs below:

Model Name: 1959 Stratocaster® Time Machine Relic®, Rosewood Fingerboard.

Color: 3 Tone Sunburst

Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Body Material: 2-Piece Select Alder

Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer with “Relic” ageing.

Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple

Neck Shape: ’59 “C”

Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″

Number of Frets: 21

String Nut: Bone

Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)

Headstock: Stratocaster

Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Fingerboard: Rosewood “Slab”

Position Inlays: White Dot

Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound

Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound

Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound

Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone.

Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade.

Pickup Configuration: SSS

Bridge: Custom Shop Vintage Synchronized Tremolo

Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style

Orientation: Right-Hand

Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome

Pickguard: 3-Ply Vintage White

Control Knobs: Vintage White

Switch Tip: Vintage White

Strings: Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)

Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Owners Manuals, Certificate of Authenticity

Guitar will be well packed and sent fully insured with UPS. Thanks for viewing!

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