Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster - 3-color Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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$3,500.00

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Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster - 3-color Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard
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Plays and Sounds Like an Original '61 Strat

Built to capture the essence of early '60s Stratocasters, the Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster offers much more than road-worn looks. The lightweight alder body with comfortably deep contours feels great to play, while the quartersawn maple neck with oval "C" profile is comfortable for rhythm and lead alike. Three Texas Special single-coil pickups deliver barking mids, chiming highs, and tight lows. With a well-played feel and iconic tone, the Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster electric guitar deserves a place in any serious guitar collection.

Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Texas Special pickups: the sound of Texas blues
  • Quartersawn neck delivers exceptional stability and playability
  • Relic finish and hardware for vintage vibe
Texas Special pickups: the sound of Texas blues

Fender designed their Texas Special single-coil pickups to deliver the distinct character of Texas blues: rich mids, chiming highs, and tight lows. Alnico V magnets and enamel-coated wire give these pickups increased output compared with vintage pickups, making it easy to drive any tube amplifier into natural overdrive just by cranking your volume knob. The reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup cancels noise in pickup positions two and four, giving you access to vintage tone without the vintage hum.

Quartersawn neck delivers exceptional stability and playability

The neck is one of the most important aspects of any instrument, which is why this Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar features a quartersawn maple neck. Besides looking good, the straight grain of quartersawn necks is about 50% more stable than plain-sawn necks, and less likely to warp, twist, or shrink. Down low, your fretting hand will appreciate the 9.5" radius that keeps things nice and comfortable for natural, relaxed arpeggio work.

Relic finish and hardware for vintage vibe

As you can imagine, a true 1961 Strat would show signs of wear and tear, and this Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar is finished to represent those years of playing. The worn finish on the body and neck, and the aged and slightly rusty hardware, will make you wonder if it really isn't a true vintage guitar. This 1961 Relic Stratocaster is sure to please even the pickiest of guitar lovers.

Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic Fender Strat with Relic finish
  • Texas Special single-coil pickups deliver iconic Texas blues tone
  • Lower noise thanks to reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup
  • Quastersawn maple neck with oval "C" profile
  • Modern 5-way switching for tonal versatility
Add a modern classic to your guitar collection with the Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Lightweight Alder
Body Finish Relic Lacquer
Color 3-color Sunburst
Neck Material Tinted quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape Mid 60s "C" profile
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Number of Frets 21, jumbo frets
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Material Bone
Neck Pickup Handwound Texas Special single-coil
Middle Pickup Handwound Texas Special single-coil
Bridge Pickup Handwound Texas Special single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 2 x tone, 5-way blade switch, vintage modified #1 wiring
Case Included Brown Tolex Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 1550610800

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