Fender custom shop strats

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  1. hag99

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    I'm trying to get my head around all the custom shop offerings from fender and it can be a challenge. I'm not of fan of relics, prefer a maple fretboard and want to keep it in the $2K used range. I'm thinking the 56 VOS (now discontinued I think) fits the bill but any input is appreciated.
     
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    Look for the custom shop NOS models. Quite frankly I think the Hot Rod series Strats/Teles are just as good.
     
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    My favorite CS strat is the '56 RI NOS and for some reason they are the most reasonably priced on the used market. I saw one the other day on eBay for $1599.
     
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    I can see a 56 strat in the current custom collection. However, it looks like a heavy relic and not an NOS.
    http://support.fendercs.com/downloads/2012 56 Hvy Rel Strat.pdf

    With the custom shop you have three choices:

    1. Get something from the Custom Shop Custom Collection so you don't have to order it. You can find the 2012 catalog here.
    http://support.fendercs.com/pricelists/2012 FCS Catalog.pdf
    And here.
    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/index.php/news/article/2012_fcs_collection/

    2. Find something close to what you want from the Custom Shop Custom Collection and order it. This will includes an upcharge for any changes you might want. For instance, if it come with heavy relic and you want NOS.

    3. Place an order for a completely custom instrument.
    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/index.php/master-built/
     
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    Why is Wildwood so expensive? They only pick the best custom shop-models or??
     
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    I noticed this as well. I was also wondering about their thinskin series and how they match up with the CS models. Anyone?
     
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    There was a Huge price increase on Fender a couple months ago
    Think November 1st

    Price went up about $1000 a guitar
    Stuff that was $2200 is now $3300

    You can still find lower priced ones left over at many places
     
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    The prices on see on Dave's site and the NOS guitars are pretty reasonable for custom shop guitars, but the reliced ones on Wildwood and Musicians Friend are way outside of what I want to pay for a Strat.
     
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    The reasonable ones at Dave's were ordered, and have been there a while

    When they sell, the replacements will be $1000 higher

    The increase has not affected the used market yet, many
    considered right now a soft buyers market

    ebay, and the emporium are your friend :dude
     
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    A WTB ad is probably in my near future.
     
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    No rush really

    Fender raised prices, that doesn't mean the used market will follow

    Fender raised prices a few years ago, and had to lower them back
    down, no one bought in to it.

    Something like the one below is very common

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Fender...r-/270885953860?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f120fa144

    I actually sold a nicer one, that was a relic for a little less than that
    on the forum.
     
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    I'd really try for a used one. The best guitar I've ever played at any price was a 69 Heavy Relic. It was priced at $2,800 a couple years ago. I was blown away by it and it sold in less than a week. In our small market, that really says how great that guitar played.

    The NOS guitars seem to be the best values in new Custom Shop Fenders. I've played a few at Sweetwater, of course, they to a pretty good job setting up their guitars so they tend to all play pretty well.

    Still, I'd hold out for something used, but I'm cheap. :p
     
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    another vote for used, especially for the 56. most of the 56 NOS are going to be "boat necks". i had one and liked the feel of it pretty well, but i prefer a rosewood board so i sold it. if you go used, you'll have little risk of loss if the neck profile doesn't fit you exactly right.
     
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    I definately want to go used as I am really into trying things out to see what fits me best. I'm assuming by "boat necks" you mean a substantial profile?
     
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    The other thing to consider about the ones from Wildwood and Dave's, is they come with 9.5" radius and 6105 frets as opposed to vintage specs.
     
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    This would be the famous "10/56" shape. Not huge and not small; feels great in your hand.
     
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    here's an illustration of some neck profiles, the boat neck is the Medium V 56 all the way on the right.

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