Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Stratocaster - Aged Lake Placid Blue with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Aged Lake Placid Blue
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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 to 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 Aged Lake Placid Blue
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 1550610802

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Being Local to SW, I was able to come in with my own amp (Swart AST Pro) a few times and basically run the racks to find a special Strat or Tele. The CS stuff is pretty nice and I was amazed at how consistent they were. My sales guy (and friend) is a Strat expert basically and was bringing me killer guitar after killer guitar. The 1st day was overwhelming with 3 guitars at the top. I played LSL, Fender EJ's, and maybe 5 CS guitars that day. Decided to stick to my budget if possible and come back in to play a few more in the middle of the CS price range. Played another 5 or so Fender CS strats/Tele's, and the last one was the 61'. Not my normal neck choice for sure, and my past exp with Texas Specials was meh. Even the color was not really my "thing". This one was right up with the best of the best if not better though. Being able to play 10 CS guitars and a handful of other very nice American Vintage or LSL guitars with my own unique amp was key to finding what ended up being my keeper. The fact is, if I had just played what I thought I would like, I would not have this one at all. I'm not a relic lover, but I do not hate them either. Choosing the guitar on feel and sound alone vs preconceived ideals was kind of hard actually. I've had it a few months and really happy with it. When a guitar inspires you to play, and to play better, it's a special instrument for sure. Zero quality issues, love the CS strap, love the case, perfect frets and set up. All that you would expect from a guitar in the $3k range. Turns out my wife LOVES the color so it's a win win.
Music background: Over 30 years playing guitar
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