Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster - Aged HLE Gold, Relic
Weight: 3.38 kg / 7.45 lb
Oh man, Fender REALLY got this one right! All our staff were drooling the second this guitar came out of its case upon delivery at our store in July, 2021.
The first thing we noticed when this stunning guitar was plugged in is just how much sustain it had when you played and held out a note, it just keeps singing on and on forever! The select Alder body exhibits superb balanced resonance and is basically everything a great Strat should be.
Fender's Relic ageing treatment looks incredible on the HLE Gold nitrocellulose finish, and the team at Fender's Custom Shop went harder on the back of the neck so you've got the incredible comfort of a Heavy Relic on the back of the neck while the rest of the guitar isn't too beaten up.
Speaking of the neck, it's quartersawn Maple and carved to a 1957 soft V profile which has ended up surprisingly slim in its final sanded form so for example, if you like modern C-shape necks you're likely to bond with this more than you would some of the larger V necks that come through.
The voice of this instrument is heard through Fender Custom Shop hand-wound ’57 pickups with reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup, wired up to a five-way switch and Fat ’50s wiring - This IS the golden-era sound.
This brilliant guitar ships in a Fender G&G hardcase and includes a Fender Custom Shop leather strap and certificate of authenticity.