Fender Custom Shop 1959 Stratocaster, Heavy Relic, Aged Olympic White
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The Custom Shop did something we think was really cool this year at NAMM. They reissued the top 20 NAMM Limited Edition guitars over the past several years. This is one of those guitars. Originally offered at the 2017 NAMM show, it proved to be a favorite among customers and dealers, so Fender decided to reissue it as a limited run. Get one while you can!
1959 was a year of transition for the venerable Strat. In May of ’59 Fender revised the way necks were made, switching from a one-piece maple neck to maple capped with a "slab" rosewood fingerboard. They also changed the pickguard, moving from 1-ply construction to the current three-ply material, and upped the number of screws from eight to 11, which also necessitated changing the body’s control route. These changes didn’t happen overnight; many guitars exist that show various combinations of these features, which makes them extremely rare and collectible. Reflecting these historic idiosyncrasies, the maple fingerboard model sports a 1-ply, 9-hole Parchment pickguard while the rosewood fingerboard model sports 3-ply, 10-hole Mint Green nitro pickguard.
The two-piece alder body wears a Heavy Relic lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a well-loved guitar that’s seen countless stages, while the tinted quartersawn maple neck is fast-playing and comfortable, thanks to the '59 C neck profile, 9.5" radius fingerboard and 21 6100 frets. The trio of Hand-Wound Texas Special includes a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup to reduce hum. Other features include five-way switch, Vintage Modified #2 wiring, American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and wing string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Serial #: CZ542465
Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz
Series: Custom Limited NAMM Reissue
Body: 2-Piece Alder
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck: Maple Quartersawn
Fretboard: AAA Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Shape: '59 Style "C" Back (1st Fret: .800" - 12th Fret: .980")
Scale Length: 25.5"
Nut: Bone, 1.650" Width
Frets: 21, 6100 Jumbo
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Gears: Fender Vintage Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green Relic
Electronics: 5-Way Blade
Knobs: Vintage White Relic
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special
Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special RWRP
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
Accessories: Strap, Certificate of Authenticity
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