Only 100 of these gorgeous 1955 Stratocaster Relic guitars have been produced by the Fender Custom Shop. The vibe and the specs are true to '55: the comfort contoured premium ash body, the nitrocellul... Read More
Only 100 of these gorgeous 1955 Stratocaster Relic guitars have been produced by the Fender Custom Shop. The vibe and the specs are true to '55: the comfort contoured premium ash body, the nitrocellulose lacquer 2-tone sunburst finish, the '55-shape medium neck, the 9.5" radius maple fretboard with medium jumbo frets, and a bone nut. 3 custom-wound Fat '50s single-coils give this Limited Edition Strat voice, and the middle pickup is reverse wound for hum cancellation when it and another pickup are active. The finish has been given a Relic treatment offering the look of a seasoned veteran of countless hard rockin' gigs. In fact, this Strat looks a lot like the famous Brownie. Underneath its apparent wear is a supremely crafted, wonderful feeling, and killer sounding Custom Shop Master-built guitar. Includes a vintage tweed case, ashtray bridge cover, strap, cable, and a Fender Limited Edition certificate.
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Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster Relic 2TSB LTD Electric Guitar:
The Fender Custom Shop stopped making these in January 2007, and I was fortunate enough to be able to pick one up a year later. I am surprised that any of these are still available since only 100 were made, but I suspect the reason is competition from Fender's own cheaper relic models (like the '56 strat relic). I played the cheaper relics right after trying out this one to see why the '55 was so much more expensive. There is a significant difference between the '55 and the less expensive Fender relics. The appearance and finish on the '55 is much more authentic, and the sound and action are incredible. I would not have not paid this much more simply because this is a limited (non-signature) edition, but I was willing to pay the difference because this is a far superior guitar. And much cheaper than the $75k it would cost to buy the real thing! This is not a guitar for the collector's closet, but one that you will find yourself wanting to play all the time. It has quickly become my favorite guitar.
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