Fender Custom Shop '63 Heavy Relic Strat No Longer Available

Limited Edition Heavy Relic Stratocaster with 2-piece Alder Body, Large C Maple Neck, Dark Indian Rosewood Rounded Laminate Fretboard, 2 x Custom Shop '60s Stratocaster Single-coil Pickups, and Hardshell Case - Aged Vintage White over 3-color Sunburst
Item ID: Strat63Relic

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An Amazing Heavy Relic Strat like No Other!

The Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '63 Heavy Relic Strat is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind re-creation of a classic 1963 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. From Jimi Hendrix's white Strat to Stevie Ray Vaughan's Number One, the 1963 Stratocaster has been one of the most celebrated instruments in rock history. This '63 Heavy Relic Strat gives you a painstakingly re-created and meticulously hand-aged version of this legendary guitar. Don't miss out - this is a real one-of-a-kind guitar for Sweetwater, so when this Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '63 Heavy Relic Strat is gone, it's gone.

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '63 Heavy Relic Strat at a Glance:
  • Select historically accurate tonewoods perfectly re-create the sound and look of this Strat
  • Aged Vintage White over 3-color Sunburst finish captures a piece of Fender History
  • Fender Custom Shop '60s Stratocaster pickups capture the sound of an electric-guitar era
Select, historically accurate tonewoods perfectly re-create the sound and look of this Strat

In addition to its nitrocellulose-lacquer-finished 2-piece alder body, this '63 Heavy Relic Strat captures many other idiosyncrasies of the 1963 Stratocaster's tonewoods in perfect detail. One of the most remarkable of these is its rounded dark rosewood laminate Fretboard shaped to the radius of the '63 Heavy Relic Strat's large C-shaped maple neck.

In fact, Fender had just moved away from the "slab" style of fingerboards in 1962, because they had a tendency to split from the neck due to humidity changes. The rounded laminate method minimized the differences in the way the two woods contracted, but it was far more costly, as the single piece of rosewood had to be hand contoured to perfectly fit the neck. By painstakingly recreating this process the Fender Custom Shop ensured that the '63 Heavy Relic Strat would give you the same feel and sound as an original 1963 Stratocaster.

Aged Vintage White over 3-color Sunburst finish captures a piece of Fender History

You've probably noticed that there's a bit of Sunburst peeking through some parts of this Fender Custom Shop '63 Heavy Relic Strat's finish. That's because this '63 Heavy Relic Strat faithfully re-creates the worn-through 2-tone phenomenon that some of the few heavily used 1963 Stratocasters still around display today.

So, what's the story with this finish? Actually, back in 1963, Fender's 3-color Sunburst was so popular that they initially produced all of their Stratocasters in that color. It was only after Fender would receive an order for a Strat in another color that they'd paint over the thin 3-color Sunburst finish. Jimi Hendrix actually owned and played a white 1963 Fender Stratocaster himself, and you can bet that if he was still around today, his guitar would look a lot like this '63 Heavy Relic Strat.

Fender Custom Shop '60s Stratocaster pickups capture the sound of an electric-guitar era

As much as it might resemble a museum piece, there's no doubt about it - this one-of-a kind Fender Custom Shop '63 Heavy Relic Strat was made to be played. Not only that, but it's designed to give you the real sound of a vintage 1963 Stratocaster. That's why the Fender Custom Shop designed a special model of '60s Stratocaster pickups. These incredible pickups not only re-create the sound, but also the dynamic response an original 1960s Strat. You simply won't find a more spot-on re-creation that this '63 Heavy Relic Strat.

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '63 Heavy Relic Strat Features:
  • An extremely rare, one-of-a-kind, heavily aged 1963-style Stratocaster re-creation
  • Historically accurate 2-piece alder body
  • 3-color Sunburst visible through Aged Vintage White finish commemorates the '60s method of layering finishes
  • Round laminate dark rosewood fretboard true to the fine process used to prevent splitting in the early 1960s
  • Fender Custom Shop '60s Stratocaster pickups perfectly re-create the sound of a 1963 Strat
  • Custom Shop hardshell case included

Capture the look, sound, and feel of a real 1963 Stratocaster with this Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition '63 Heavy Relic Strat
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 9231003307

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