Fell in love! '69 Fender CS Relic

rhinocaster

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2 weeks ago I tried a Fender CS '69 Relic and ended up with a big ol' crush on the thing. I went back today and the crush has turned to full on LOVE!!

Olympic white, light relic, rosewood board, funky tuners and what I suspect are Abigail Ybara pickups. The guitar badly needs a setup, but even with that it just rips! Throaty in the neck but with great definition. The middle pickup is strong and would be great for rhythm. The bridge pickup is icepicky, but with a great weight behind each note. The volume and tone controls are super musical.

The guitar has a super tight neck pocket and the rest of the guitar shows a very high attention to detail. I'd say it's mid to high 7 pound range.

It's been a long time since I had to have a Strat, but I'm guessing that it will be home before the day is out!!
 

dave s

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I have two of the '69 Heavy Relics. Both have Fat 50s pickups. Both are incredible guitars!

Really digging the 'oversized' headstocks!

dave
 

rhinocaster

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I have two of the '69 Heavy Relics. Both have Fat 50s pickups. Both are incredible guitars!

Really digging the 'oversized' headstocks!

dave
Did you change the pickups to the Fat 50's? I had a set of those in a Gregg Rogers guitar and thought that they were fantastic, but the '69 pickups are blowing my mind!
 

operanonverba

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What do you mean by funky tuners?? I recently picked up a 60's time machine relic strat in fiesta. It is used and has some vintage style locking staggered post tuners with no string tree. I feel that these are not stock so I'm just wondering what type your describing.
 

rhinocaster

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What do you mean by funky tuners?? I recently picked up a 60's time machine relic strat in fiesta. It is used and has some vintage style locking staggered post tuners with no string tree. I feel that these are not stock so I'm just wondering what type your describing.
I'm used to the old Kluson style, and this guitar has the squared off tuners that I think of more with early 70's guitars. They're squarish and dished and not nearly as comfortable as the older disc shaped tuner heads.
 

operanonverba

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Thanks- I know what type your talking about now. These guitars are fantastic imo. I did'nt know what everyone was talking about with the CS versions. Now I do. Love the light relic on mine. Enjoy!
 

dave s

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Did you change the pickups to the Fat 50's? I had a set of those in a Gregg Rogers guitar and thought that they were fantastic, but the '69 pickups are blowing my mind!
Haven't changed them. Have to admit, they were a bit 'different' when I got the first copy, but they kind of grow on you, I guess!

dave
 

rhinocaster

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Haven't changed them. Have to admit, they were a bit 'different' when I got the first copy, but they kind of grow on you, I guess!

dave
I guess that I'm just confused with the Fat 50's in your guitars. I know that the '69 now uses special '69 custom shop pickups. Maybe they just used Fat 50's with the initial run. The 50's are some of my favorite Strat pickups, but I'm hearing a whole 'nother world with with pickups in the '69.

It's nice to come across a guitar where you don't want to change a thing!
 




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