Fender Custom Shop Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic - Aged Candy Apple Red
Fresh from the acclaimed Fender Custom Shop, the Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic re-creates one of Fender’s most popular and collectible models of the 1960s. The Stratocaster had just begun to solidify itself both as the centerpiece of Fender’s lineup and as the iconic guitar that even non-musicians would immediately recognize. This guitar captures the '63 Strat down to the last detail with its 2-piece alder body, "C" profile neck, vintage hardware, and round-lam rosewood fingerboard that improved upon old-school “slab” fingerboards. Powering the Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic’s tone are three hand-wound Texas Special Strat pickups, over-wound for hot output with great mid-range snarl, crystal-clear highs, and focused bass. Fender’s proprietary Relic nitrocellulose finish gives this limited edition pre-loved looks and exceptional tone that mirrors every great guitar’s natural aging process.
With genuine 1960s Fender instruments fetching exorbitant prices nowadays, they're out of most players’ price range. Thankfully, Fender Custom Shop re-creations such as the Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic provide access to vintage titans of tone via exhaustive Fender analysis. You’ll find the Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic remarkably faithful to the original. Its classic 2-piece alder body has the extra heft and shallow contours of the original '63 Strat for a vintage feel that was slightly fuller and more robust than models that came before and after. The rosewood fingerboard curls slightly at the bottom lip as a result of the 1963 model's new round-lam process that improved upon the “slab-style” fingerboards of earlier electric guitars. Pair that with an authentic '63 "C" profile roasted maple neck that’s fast yet full, and you have the perfect recipe for vintage tone and playability.
A trio of onboard Texas Special Strat pickups provide searing tone. These pickups look and sound period correct with over-wound construction for higher output that made the Strat a mainstay of early electric blues in the US. The middle Texas Special is reverse wound, a period-accurate innovation that helped eliminate hum for clearer, crisper tone. Texas Specials deliver razor-sharp midrange that’s great for staying heard even in loud, busy mixes, but without sacrificing clear balanced highs and lows. Plus, these pickups were built with period-correct cloth wire and fiber bobbin, proof of Fender's immaculate attention to detail.
Fender’s innovative “Synchronized Tremolo” bridge delivered the smooth bends and jangle heard on those popular surf records of the early ’60s, and a suitably aged Custom Shop Vintage version of this iconic smooth tremolo system is onboard this axe.
Relic’d guitar finishes are super common these days, but it was the Fender Custom Shop that first took the industry by storm with its groundbreaking synthetic aging process for guitars. Fender does Relic finishes better than all the rest, and the original Relic finish is still a smash hit. This Limited-edition '63 Stratocaster Relic has an authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finish — thinner than today’s polyurethane finishes — which allows the wood to breathe and the tone to bloom. You get a look and feel that feels like it has seen its fair share of front-line action with a played-in feel and perfect fretwork.
Since its founding in 1987, the Fender Custom Shop has been home to some of the finest luthiers in the world. Whether you’re picking up a unique limited edition like this '63 Stratocaster Relic or having them build-to-order the Fender of your dreams, the Custom Shop earns its nickname — The Dream Factory — with every masterpiece they create. Custom Shop instruments are made from only the highest-grade, hand-selected materials, including impeccable tonewoods, high-end electronics, and premium hardware. And to protect your investment for many decades of playing enjoyment, your Fender Custom Shop instrument comes in a deluxe hardshell case, complete with a certificate of authenticity.
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