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Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster Relic Ash Masterbuilt by John Cruz Gold

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The Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster Relic Ash Master Built by John Cruz will please any Strat fan fortunate enough to strap it on. Close inspection reveals the remarkable workmanship and relic tr... Read More

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The Fender Custom Shop 1955 Stratocaster Relic Ash Master Built by John Cruz will please any Strat fan fortunate enough to strap it on. Close inspection reveals the remarkable workmanship and relic treatment for which Mr. Cruz is known. It's available in a vintage combination of Strat specs with a contoured ash body with a 54 maple neck sporting a "U" back shape. The fingerboard is maple with 21 vintage frets with a custom/compound radius. Gold hardware, a Vintage Strat tremolo bridge, a one-ply parchment pickguard and three handwound '50s pickups come together to produce a fantastic look and classic Strat tone.

John Cruz
John Cruz came to Fender in 1987, joined the Custom Shop in 1993 and became a Master Builder in 2003. Custom guitars are his passion, and he is the man behind several famous Custom Shop instruments, including the replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan's famous Number One Stratocaster guitar.

Cruz also built the limited-run Moto guitar and amp sets, worked on the '49 Woody amp project and developed all production processes for the Rory Gallagher and Muddy Waters tribute guitars. Further, his meticulous work was essential to all aspects of the initial Custom Shop Relic guitars and basses, and he initiated the Custom Shops quality assurance program.

Cruz has built fantastic guitars for players such as Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), Dave Amato and Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Bono (U2), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), Ike Turner and Brad Whitford (Aerosmith).

  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Shape: 1954 U
  • Wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.653" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Handwound '50s Strat
  • Middle: Handwound '50s Strat
  • Bridge: Handwound '50s Strat
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Vintage gold
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage gold
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Relic treatment
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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