Fender Custom Shop Love & Appreciation Thread

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1. I decided to buy a Tele to learn chickn’ pickn’ (I’m a classic rock/hair rock player) to get myself to a playing level above where I am at.

* I tried 20 different Tele’s over a period of days. New ones, used ones, custom relics; You name it.

* Kept coming back to a Custom shop relic’d Fender.

- I hated the paint job

- I absolutely hated the fact that it was relic’d. In my mind, would I go to a car dealership and buy a brand new car and then say “Hey, I’ll pay you a couple grand more if you ding it and scratch it before I drive it off the dealer lot!”. What a stupid crazy idea! Who the hell would even consider this!!?!?

- So I bought the guitar………

- Out of my 8 guitars, I play the dang, relic’d thing 70% of the time! What a beautiful play and sound.

- When the weather is nice, it is the guitar that I take outside in the back yard and play as I don’t worry about it getting dinged/scratched. COOL! I wouldn’t dare take my 59 reissue LP out as it’s just too pretty!

- Wicker lawn chairs are not always appropriate sitting apparatus for guitar playing. Therefore, it has worn areas down to the wood as a result. COOL!

- When I am practicing inside, it is the only guitar that I don’t sit on a pillow to protect it from bumping against the wood edging on my chair. More battle scars. COOL!

- I decided to learn all the numerous licks on Sweet Home Alabama. After a couple of practice sessions, I realised I hook my pinky on the bottom of the bridge plate and have worn it down to the wood. COOL!

- I never did learn any Chickn’ Pickn’ but realised how versatile the damn thing is which is why I choose it the majority of the time. It has not raised my guitar playing ability a dang bit, but it is sure fun!

- I now think relic’d guitars are COOL
 

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Protonic

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Just for fun.

Here is my 2008 CS Strat Masterbuilt Todd Krause. '58 Strat Heavy RELIC Chocolate 3TSB
Shop Floor Traveler notes refer to PG 114 of GALX of Strats
Neck : plain maple grain, 9.5 inch radius, 57 style soft "V", wide dots, tone works on mid and back pup.
This is my only CS Strat that GROWLS like SRV's Stratocaster just plugging it into a decent amp . (I have a 1966 Princeton Rev / 1966 Twin Rev / recent '64 Fender Deluxe Reverb hand-built), maybe it's because the pick-ups are DON MARE JosieVaughan AKA Josie's.




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paydon9

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Just for fun.

Here is my 2008 CS Strat Masterbuilt Todd Krause. '58 Strat Heavy RELIC Chocolate 3TSB
Shop Floor Traveler notes refer to PG 114 of GALX of Strats
Neck : plain maple grain, 9.5 inch radius, 57 style soft "V", wide dots, tone works on mid and back pup.
This is my only CS Strat that GROWLS like SRV's Stratocaster just plugging it into a decent amp.




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Love it! Relic job is super tasteful.:love:
 

Protonic

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I like somewhat unusual guitars. What about this one?.

2017 Fender Custom Shop 57' Stratocaster Relic - GRAFITTY Yellow.
Alder body, 50's Strat pick-ups (5.96 -5.99 -6.28Bridge) ), Maple plain neck, 9.5" radius, 57 style soft V.
Just a really striking good looking guitar.
I am contemplating to replace the pups with a set of '69 Hand wounds, signed and dated by Abigail Ybara I am holding. We will see.
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Protonic

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So, here is another interesting guitar. And WHAT A guitar!!

The COA says it is a 2018 Custom Shop '59 Stratocaster Relic SNB RW with some finger lickin' good specs.
An alder body built on a '56 Strat, TROPOSPHERE pick-ups hand wound by Josefina Campos, Maple 5/4 quarter sawn flat LAM with AAA 9 mm rosewood, and a fretboard selected for dark color. It has a 9.5" radius with a 60 style oval C profile, 0.850" at the 1st fret, 0.950 at the 12th fret.
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Built by Paul Waller, COA signed by Paul too. And the color is an unbelievable "gently relic'ed" SONIC BLUE.

Check out the Troposphere pickups!!
 

Protonic

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And then I like to show you another great Customer Shop Stratocaster. This one has a really slick neck.. Really slick!
It's a Stratocaster built in 2018 model 1960 Stratocaster Journeyman that weights 7 lbs 13.8 oz, with an ASH body ( sorted) in Dirty White Blonde lacquer.
The neck is maple, 5/4 Quarter sawn, flat LAM AAA, 9mm thick sorted for DARK color and with vintage clay face dots. The neck has a 9.50 " radius with .800 at the first fret and 0.980 at the 12th fret. I replaced the Poblano pickups with FAT 60's which I think suits this guitar to a T... After all it's a 1960 model! I also replaced the knobs and the pickup covers with white covers. The Poblano's are in the case of course. Let me also say that the neck shape is a '59 tapered "C" neck. That's a totally different feel, Slick, smooth and fast.
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Check it out!
Yes, that is a genuine 1966 Fender Twin Reverb Black Face hot and heavy. This one is loaded with one 15 inch Peavey Black Widow (kept blowing up the JBL's) and it has a big internal cooling fan to help the bottles too.
 

weavzy

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Not enough Big Headstock love here...

My 68 black strat with relic finish.

Neck pick up : FCS HW 69s
Middle: FCS HW Fat 50s
Bridge: FCS HW Texas Specials

A 68 custom shop was a dream of mine since I was 19. I got it for my 40th, which was one and a bit years ago. Its unbelievably perfect and everything I'd dreamt of. Its the perfect match for my 71 Fender Twin. And with a Fuzz, a Wah and a Univibe, we both explore the Sonic Cosmos.


Fender Custom Shop...I love you. ❤️

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I absolutely love the Fender Custom Shop and so many awesome guitars in this great thread!
Here are mine

56 Tele, Limited Edition Journeyman relic
Super light (7lbs) and resonant. Swapped the neck p/u to a Montys Danish Pete tho

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55 Hardtail Strat, closet classic
under 7 lbs and the best Strat I ever played. The neck has some nice, not over the top flames

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And Ive got a Gilmour NOS, which was my first Custom Shop guitar.
I absolutely love it, but at the moment it has no playtime, as the Hardtail is so great.

Here is a Strat family foto (the green one was my first Strat, MIM classic series)

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Protonic

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It's Monday , so here is a treat ( I hope). Another one of my Custom Shop Strats.
This is a 60' NOS Strat built in 2001. Nice to see a guitar that is not beaten up. Even nicer to see an older - 22 years old in fact - Fender Custom Shop Strat with a BIRDS-EYE maple neck. This is from the TIME MACHINE series. Selected alder wood with the early '60s C shape. The color is Daphne BLUE and it has the traditional 7.25" neck radius. It's claim to fame? All original detailing . Built from original tooling. Built as if bought new in its respective year and brought forward in time. Check out the cavity. Anything different there??
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relix63

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I absolutely love the Fender Custom Shop and so many awesome guitars in this great thread!
Here are mine

56 Tele, Limited Edition Journeyman relic
Super light (7lbs) and resonant. Swapped the neck p/u to a Montys Danish Pete tho

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55 Hardtail Strat, closet classic
under 7 lbs and the best Strat I ever played. The neck has some nice, not over the top flames

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And Ive got a Gilmour NOS, which was my first Custom Shop guitar.
I absolutely love it, but at the moment it has no playtime, as the Hardtail is so great.

Here is a Strat family foto (the green one was my first Strat, MIM classic series)

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I have the twin to your 55 hardtail. Mine has a lot more wear on it now then when it did when I took the picture. It's just a great guitar that gets a lot of play time when I'm in the mood for a Strat.
It's the guitar on the right.
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Slevin

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This is my first and only FCS guitar. I‘ve had tons of great alternative guitars, and finally went the way of the big brand, and now idk if I’ll ever go back to anything else.

Just absolutely stunning quality. It’s a ‘64 double bound telecaster in shell pink/heavy relic. Got if from the good dudes at Detroit Guitar. Absolutely easy to work with, and the best price by a mile.

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Rhythm Rocker

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Not enough Big Headstock love here...

My 68 black strat with relic finish.


Neck pick up : FCS HW 69s
Middle: FCS HW Fat 50s
Bridge: FCS HW Texas Specials

A 68 custom shop was a dream of mine since I was 19. I got it for my 40th, which was one and a bit years ago. Its unbelievably perfect and everything I'd dreamt of. Its the perfect match for my 71 Fender Twin. And with a Fuzz, a Wah and a Univibe, we both explore the Sonic Cosmos.


Fender Custom Shop...I love you. ❤️

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That is really sweet. Big head Strats are cool. Here's a couple more of my '67 Strat Relic....
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Cheers.
 
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