Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Strat - Black Ice No Longer Available

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, One-piece Maple Neck, Three Single-coil Pickups, Tremolo, and Hardshell Case - Black Ice
Item ID: Strat56RelicBk

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A Heavy Relic'd Workhorse

The Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster is as close to the genuine article as you can get without taking out a second mortgage. And the '56 Heavy Relic gives you the spank, sparkle, and vibe of the original - without costly visits to your luthier. This axe may look a half-century old, but it sports a supremely playable modern 9.5" radius and 6105 frets on its comfortable 10/56 large V-shaped neck. Topped off with superb-sounding Master Design pickups and modern 5-way switch wiring, the Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster is a music time machine par excellence.

Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Masterful craftsmanship creates exceptional tone
  • Master Design pickups serve up period-correct Strat chime 'n' chunk
  • The Heavy Relic treatment = real deal visuals
Masterful craftsmanship creates exceptional tone

This Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster 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, which means more tone for you! And the lacquer finish, which is thinner than modern polyurethane finishes, will allow this '56 Strat's alder body to sing loud and clear.

Master Design pickups serve up period-correct Strat chime 'n' chunk

The Fender Custom Shop's 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster is loaded with three Fender Custom Shop Master Design single-coil pickups that deliver all the legendary Strat spank, sparkle, chime and chunk of an original mid-'50s Stratocaster. So if authentic '50 Strat sound is your thing - the 1956 Heavy Relic Strat is the cost-effective way to get it.

The Heavy Relic treatment = real deal visuals

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's 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 spittin' 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 Heavy Relic Stratocaster from the real deal.

Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic laquer finish
  • Fender's classic "10/56" large V neck shape serves up outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius and 6105 (medium jumbo) frets let you bend up high without fretting out
  • Three Custom ShopMaster Design pickups for legendary chunk 'n' chime
  • Modern 5-way switch wiring
  • Custom Shop hardshell case included
The Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster 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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Manufacturer Part Number 1511602806

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See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender Custom Shop, Fender Custom Shop Solidbody Guitars