Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Relic 1960 vintage reissue in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Part of Fender's "Time Machine" series, this Strat faithfully replicates the feel and aesthetic appearance of a guitar that's been honestly played for decades, and this particular example is finished in a thin coat of Sonic Blue nitro lacquer. Apparent from the moment you strike your first chord, this Strat has a clear and snappy acoustic tone with surprising projection and piano-like clarity, and these qualities translate well through the stock Custom Shop black bobbin pickups for an array of familiar and classic Fender tones. From the biting twang of the bridge pickup to the thicker tones and bell-like harmonics from the neck position single coil, all the bases are covered with this Relic, and the 2 and 4 positions on the five-way blade switch deliver enough quack and snap to satisfy the most demanding purists. The guitar weighs in at a moderate 7lbs 10oz and balances well on a strap too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Custom Shop Relic is dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.The quartersawn maple neck has a slender C profile paired with a generous slab rosewood fretboard, and while this profile gains a bit of extra heft as you move up the fretboard, it stays quite slim overall and is very comfortable. Additionally, the gloss nitro lacquer on the profile has a silky smooth feel and there's a bit of light flame figuring in the maple too. The fretboard retains a vintage 7 1/4" radius and the guitar has been refretted with jumbo fretwire. These frets have plenty of height and roundness, allowing for effortless bends and currently showing virtually no wear. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width and this factory nut matches the fretboard radius well with perfect string spacing. On the headstock, the factory aged Kluson-style tuners turn as they should and hold pitch well.All of the electronics work as they should and are original to the guitar, with three Custom Shop black bobbin pickups, cloth wire, and full size CTS pots. The mint green pickguard and lightly aged knobs and pickup covers all have the perfect patina to match genuine vintage examples and thankfully Fender only relic'd the bridge and saddles lightly so that all height adjustment screws work as they should. Currently setup with three springs, the vibrato is very responsive and jumps back to the original pitch with ease, even when performing deeper dives. The body and neck retain all of the proper Custom Shop markings, and the R prefix serial number is present on the four-bolt neck plate.Cosmetically, it's always difficult to separate the factory relic treatment from honest playwear acquired in the past decade, but essentially the vast majority of wear on this guitar is due to factory aging. The proper white undercoat shows through in places beneath the Sonic Blue, and like a well loved instrument should, this Strat is worn in such a way that it feels very comfortable and intuitive to play.The original brown tolex G&G hardshell case is included, along with the COA, polish cloth, strap, and chrome "ashtray" bridge cover.
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