A subtle beauty made of mahogany with a '50s neck and Fat '50s NOS pickups.
The Fender Custom Shop Master Built by Dale Wilson '50s Stratocaster NOS Electric Guitar is the perfect mix of fine craftsmanship and iconic style. The combination of mahogany, Closet Classic lacquer finish and '50s specs imparts the look of a long-lost but newly rediscovered instrument.
Dale Wilson arrived at Fender in 2003, joined the Custom Shop in 2005 and became a Master Builder in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved guitars,” he said. “I didn’t dream of being a rock star; I dreamed of building the ultimate guitar. I was equally enthralled with the guitars just as much as I was with the players.”
Wilson comes from a long line of expert woodworkers, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of his DNA. He did repair work and mods in a small guitar shop right out of high school in the late 1980s; subsequently moving on to stints at Dobro and Rickenbacker before arriving at Fender, where he worked on Guild, Gretsch and Benedetto guitars before beginning his apprenticeship with various Custom Shop Master Builders.