Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster

This Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster is in great physical and working condition, and shows only minimal general wear attributable to prior use. Included is a C&G hard case, strap, and a custom shop build certification.

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A Relic for the Ages

If you're a fan of early '60s Stratocasters, the Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster is as close to the genuine article as you can get without selling your Bimmer. The '60 Strat Relic serves up the legendary spank, sparkle, and vibe of the original — without an exorbitant investment and endless visits to your luthier. This axe may look a half-century old, but it sports a supremely playable oval C-profile maple neck and slab rosewood fingerboard with a modern 9.5" radius and 6100 jumbo frets. Spec'd with superb-sounding hand-wound pickups and custom wiring, the Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster sates your senses with its impeccable tone and addictive playability.

Real-deal visuals: the Heavy Relic treatment

Fender Custom Shop's Relic treatment creates instruments that are spittin' images of the originals. Without sneaking a look at the neck heel stamps, you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish the Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster from the real deal! A period-correct nitrocellulose lacquer finish gives the guitar a timeless, classic look, while the relic process gives you a guitar that looks like it's spent time on the road. Nitro finishes — standard back in the '50s — are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to "breathe." Nitro finishes not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities.

Period-correct slab rosewood fingerboard

Fender's Custom Shop luthiers spec'd the 1960 Relic Stratocaster with a slab rosewood fingerboard. Introduced in mid-1959, the thick rosewood 'board would give way to a thinner veneer-type fingerboard in '62. Why is this important? Well, we know that tonewoods matter, and some guitarists — including many here at Sweetwater — prefer the sound of early-'60s Strats with the slab-style fingerboards. Whatever your opinion about the sound, the slab 'board definitely provides an additional touch of authenticity to this remarkable guitar.

Legendary Strat spank 'n' sparkle

The Fender Custom Shop's 1960 Relic Stratocaster is loaded with a trio of hand-wound Fender Custom Shop 60/63 single-coil pickups that deliver all the legendary spank 'n' sparkle of an original 1960 Strat. From chimey, glassy cleans to chunky grind, these pups deliver the tone. And the middle pickup is reverse-wound/reverse-polarity, for humbucking operation in switch positions 2 and 4. The '60 Relic Strat also features Fender's Tone Saver Treble Bleed circuit, which allows all your tone to shine through, no matter where you have your volume pot set.

It's all about playing feel

The Fender Custom Shop '60 Relic Strat looks totally vintage, and it plays like butter. If you savor the feel of a played-in guitar with a just-right neck and perfect fretwork with spot-on intonation, Sweetwater has your axe right here! The '60 Relic Strat sports 6100 jumbo frets and a 9.5" radius so you can bend up high without fretting out. It's the best of old and new!

  • Body Type:Solidbody
  • Body Shape:Stratocaster
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Number of Strings:6
  • Body Material:2-piece Select Alder
  • Body Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Color: Chocolate 3-tone Burst
  • Neck Material:Quartersawn Relic Maple
  • Neck Shape:Oval C profile
  • Radius:9.5"
  • Fingerboard Material:Slab Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Vintage Clay Dots
  • Number of Frets:21, 6100 Jumbo
  • Scale Length:25.5"
  • Nut Width:1.650"
  • Nut Material:Bone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece:American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuners:Vintage style with Fender logo
  • Neck Pickup:Handwound 60/63 Single-coil
  • Middle Pickup:Handwound 60/63 Single-coil RWRP
  • Bridge Pickup:Handwound 60/63 Single-coil
  • Controls:1 x master volume, 1 x tone (neck/middle), 1 x tone (bridge), 5-way blade pickup switch, Tone Saver treble bleed circuit
  • Strings:10-46