Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic - 2- color Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 2-color Sunburst
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Classic '56 Strat Style with Upgraded Tone and Feel

The Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic solidbody electric guitar gives you the spank, sparkle, and vibe of a Strat that's spent the last half century gigging around the world. A real gem even among the collectors' guitars in Sweetwater's Guitar Gallery, this axe may look like a well-worn classic, but it sports a supremely playable modern 9.5" radius and 6105 frets on its comfortable 10/56 large V-shaped neck. What's more, this 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic combines superb-sounding hand-wound pickups with a reverse-wound middle pickup and modern 5-way switch wiring for an extended range of vintage tone without vintage buzz.

Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Ideal tonewoods for exceptional sustain and expression
  • Hand-wound pickups deliver classic Strat chime and chunk
  • The Heavy Relic treatment offers the look of a well-worn friend
Ideal tonewoods for exceptional sustain and expression

This Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic boasts a tinted, one-piece quartersawn maple neck - a smart choice for tone-savvy guitarists. Quartersawn wood is much more rigid than flatsawn wood, which means it vibrates better, leading to more tone for you! And the lacquer finish, which is thinner than modern polyurethane finishes, will allow this '56 Strat's ash body to sing loud and clear.

Hand-wound pickups deliver classic Strat chime and chunk

The Fender Custom Shop's 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic is loaded with three Fender Custom Shop hand-wound 1956 single-coil pickups that deliver all the legendary Strat spank, sparkle, chime, and chunk of an original mid-'50s Stratocaster. A reverse-wound middle pickup makes it possible to fight hum and noise, while a Tone Saver Treble Bleed circuit keeps your tone from getting too shrill.

The Heavy Relic treatment offers the look of a well-worn friend

The Fender Custom Shop's Relic treatment starts with a period-correct nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes - standard back in the day - are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to breathe. Nitro finishes not only look authentically vintage - they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities. Relic'd guitars are then put through the aging process, and in the case of Heavy Relics, that's a lot of work to give you an axe that looks and feels like it's seen over four decades of front-line action. The process creates instruments that are spitting images of the originals. Without sneaking a look at the neck heel stamps, you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish the Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic from the real deal.

Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Limited-edition Fender Custom Shop Strat featuring their Heavy Relic lacquer finish
  • 1956 appointments such as a classic 10/56 large "V" neck shape delivers outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius and 6105 (medium jumbo) frets let you bend up high without fretting out
  • 3 Custom Shop hand-wound 1956 pickups deliver legendary chunk 'n' chime
  • Modern 5-way switch wiring, reverse-wound middle pickup, and Tone Saver Treble Bleed ensure clear tone
The Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster Heavy Relic is the real deal for vintage Strat fans!

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Lightweight Ash
Body Finish Heavy Relic Lacquer finish
Color 2-color Sunburst
Neck Material Medium tint quartersawn maple
Neck Shape 1956 V shape
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Maple with relic wear
Number of Frets 21, medium jumbo 6105 frets
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Neck Pickup Handwound 1956 single-coil
Middle Pickup Reverse wound 1956 single-coil
Bridge Pickup Handwound 1956 single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 2 x tone, 5-way pickup switch, Tone-saver treble-bleed circuit
Strings NPS (.010-.046)
Case Included Limited edition hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 1510056803

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An absolutely breathtaking instrument!

I ordered the Limited Edition 1956 through Sweetwater back in early March of 2016 and was quoted a 3-5 month wait. It arrived just at the 4 month mark. This is my second Fender Custom Shop Strat purchase with the first being through Sweetwater as well. As with every purchase, my Sales Engineer, Justin was more like a close fellow gear enthusiast more than an individual in Sales. He was extremely helpful, there every step of the way with updates, and just as excited to see it come in as I was. I ordered this particular model in the offered Faded Sonic Blue. Aesthetically this baby looks the part. I've compared it's looks and contours to various '56 models and it's curve for curve a dead on match. The color is beautiful and really adds to the feel of the era. The handwound year specific pick-ups are just absolutely fantastic. The bell like tone you'd expect in the neck position won't disappoint. My middle pick-up has lots of spank with the bridge pick-up delivering a very usable bite. Of course the respective in-between positions offer the glorious hum cancelling quack us Strat enthusiasts crave. The bleed circuit in the volume knob allows me to roll off the volume while maintaining my dialed in tone. The electronics in this guitar really work well together to deliver versatility , and a multitude of tones. Finally, the heavy relic treatment on the neck blows me away. It plays comfortably and fast. As always, I'm thrilled with Sweetwaters commitment to their customers satisfaction and will continue to shop exclusive through them for everything.
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