Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Quartersawn Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 2-color Sunburst
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A True Strat-lover's Guitar!

No need to fire up your flux capacitor - this Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar will take you straight back to a pivotal year in Strat history. Featuring a deep-contoured and heavily relic'd alder body, this phenomenal solidbody electric guitar provides you with classic sparkling Strat tones. These tones are due to three hand-wound '50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups, along with the modern versatility of a reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup and 5-way switching. When we first learned about this classic-style Strat at Sweetwater, we were quite smitten with its ultra-comfortable quartersawn maple neck with a '57 soft V profile. This Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster is a truly stunning solidbody electric guitar.

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • '50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Quartersawn neck gives you ultra-stability and ultra-playability
  • Relic finish and hardware for a vintage vibe
'50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups provide classic Strat tone

Bell-like, jangly, smooth, and bluesy - ask any seasoned Strat player at Sweetwater, and you'll get slightly different descriptions as to what this iconic guitar is supposed to sound like. Words alone can't capture the sound, but the '50s single-coil Stratocaster pickups that Fender designed for this solidbody electric guitar certainly can. In fact, the only places the Fender Custom Shop went off-book with this 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster were in its reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup and the 5-way blade pickup selector. They installed these to give you access to those in between tones that early Strat players discovered by accident.

Quartersawn neck gives you ultra-stability and ultra-playability

The neck is one of the most important aspects of any instrument, which is why this Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine 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 it's less likely to warp, twist, or shrink. You'll also love the playability and feel of this 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster's contoured heel when you're playing higher up the fretboard. 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 a vintage vibe

As you can imagine, a true 1957 Strat would show signs of wear and tear, and this Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar is finished to represent those years of playing. The worn finish on the body and neck and the aged, slightly rusty hardware will make you wonder if it really isn't a true vintage guitar. Collectors in the know will tell you that it was in 1957 that the Stratocaster was honed and perfected into the form we know and love today, and this 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster is sure to please even the pickiest of guitar lovers.

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic laquer finish
  • Fender's classic '57 soft V neck profile with small headstock serves up outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius and 6105 (medium-jumbo) frets let you bend up high without fretting out
  • '50s single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup and modern 5-way switch wiring
  • Tweed hardshell case with gold interior included
This Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine 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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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Lacquer
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape '57 Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Micarta
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage Bridge
Tuners American Vintage Tuning Machines
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup '50s Stratocaster Single-coil
Middle Pickup '50s Stratocaster Single-coil
Bridge Pickup '50s Stratocaster Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 1555702803

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This guitar is amazing. I can't keep my eye off of it. No! I can't keep my hands off of it. If you sit it down you'll want to pick it back up. I went to sleep last night and had to get up in the middle of the night. I sat on the couch playing unplugged from 2:00am till 3:00am. This girl sings even unplugged and she's a beauty. I just can't get enough. That said, just buy one you want regret it. My sales engineer is the best (Jonathan Appleton) and if you don't have one ask for him. Also, I want to thank Mark H. who packed my order. Totally professional and Fedex was right on time handling it with kid gloves. Thanks to all those at Sweetwater for their attention and care. I'm one happy man!
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