NGD! Michael Landau Signature '63 Fender Strat - Fiesta Red over Sunburst

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  1. Groberts

    Groberts Silver Supporting Member

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    NGD!! Michael Landau '63 Fender Custom Shop Strat, Fiesta Red, Custom hand wound Fat 50's PU's by Joesphina (Abby Ybarra's protege!)

    I was not shopping for a guitar and couldn't really afford it. But this one was put in my hands at a local shop when I was demo'ing amps. A friend grabbed it off the wall and instantly it felt and sounded amazing!

    This Michael Landau Signature '63 Fender Strat is MIND BLOWING! The PU's are so resonant. It is very deep tonally and responses to differences in attack with tons of nuances. The neck feels Great! Plenty of depth, but not a skinny neck. I would say a chunky Medium C with rolled edges and the comfort of the worn finish on the back. This guitar for me seems like a game changer. It is the BEST Strat I've ever played.

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    Nice! I love that color and model.
     
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    Ummmm………..WOW!
     
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    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Congrats, it is a fantastic instrument.
     
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    whats the neck radius on that badboy?
     
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    7.25"
     
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    Nice. I love strats with solid colors over sunbursts.
     
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    I love how the strats are just hang'in out, chillin.
     
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    Congratulations mate. Love the tea party.

    Forgive my ignorance but why is the Fiesta over the Sunburst? Is ML's original a refinish over Sunburst?
     
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    That's an awesome guitar, I swear I've seen that on Ebay before, super nice. I love the relic look and feel too, glad it sounds as awesome as it looks. Jealous.
     
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    Sometimes it is just meant to be! Enjoy it!
     
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    The Landau Signature '63 Strat is blowing my mind. The neck shape and profile fits like an old pair of favorite jeans. Just perfect. The 6105 Frets help tame the 7.25" fingerboard radius and I am having no trouble with string bends or frettting out. The action is set very sweet too. Not uber low, but definitely easy to play.

    The neck PU is sweet and chimey and the 4th and 2nd PU positions have amazing classic Strat quack tones. I love the Bridge PU alone too. Normally I feel many Strats have too thin of a bridge PU, but these custom hand wound Fat 50's PU's (By Josephina) are some of the nicest I've heard!

    The worn/sanded back of neck plays effortlessly.

    The thing about that guitar that excites and satisifies me so much is the way it inspires me to create when I play it. So far, it has invited me to go down different sonic roads. That's my ultimate acid test for any piece of gear.
    I had the local shop do a set up and they strung it with a fresh set of D'addario XL .10's. Sounding Wonderful! Very thrilled with this purchase!
     
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    "Back in the day" the most popular Strat color was Sunburst, so most bodies were finished SB.
    Sometimes a customer would order a custom color (say, Fiesta Red) and they would just overspray a SB (factory original, not a refin, per say)..quick and easy.
    Then, after years of wear, the original SB finish begins to show thru....I guess that is how Landau's original Strat was done, and thus the sig model is done the same way.

    G
     
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    Ahhhh, I figured as much. Thanks for confirming.
     
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    At this time sunburst were shot by hand, if they had an ugly burst (gun spatter or inconsistent or other) they would just pull it and shoot whatever solid color that was next on the run over the SB.

    The BIG reason there are so many is because Selmer (the importer to the UK) would themselves refinish guitars in red to meet color demand of people wanting the same color as Hank Marvins. You can almost bet the bank that if you have a SB oversprayed with red it was likely done by Selmer and not Fender.




    Super cool guitar.

    I see there is an unusual roundish 'U' shaped mark on the ML sig below the arm cut. This was not done by accident by the Fender CS and is likely on the original guitar. I would be curious to know what caused this mark on the original as it was not part of normal wear.

    ~JH
     
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    I also wondered about that mark took. It has an odd an unfamiliar shape. But indeed, every Michael Landau Signature Strat was copied and duplicated that marking as well as other relic'ing to replicate Landau's actual '63 Strat. If anyone knows what happened to make that mark, I'd be curious to find out as well.
     

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