Fender Custom Shop 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster - Olympic White with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Quartersawn Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Olympic White
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A Remarkable Relic'd Classic!

When you play this vintage-vibed Fender Custom Shop 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar, you'll find yourself transported back to a time when surf rock was king. Featuring a relic'd deep-contoured alder body and three hand-wound '60s Stratocaster single-coil pickups, this remarkable solidbody electric guitar will drench you in a neptune cocktail of classic, sparkling Stratocaster tone. At Sweetwater, we were blown away by the feel of this Strat's quartersawn maple neck, with its comfortable "oval C" profile and round-laminated rosewood fingerboard. Complete with an American Vintage bridge and tuning machines, this Fender Custom Shop 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster is an exceptional solidbody electric guitar!

Fender Custom Shop 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • '60s Stratocaster single-coil pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Quartersawn neck gives you ultra-stability and ultra-playability
  • Relic finish and hardware for vintage vibe
'60s 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 '60s 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 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster were its reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup and the 5-way blade pickup selector they installed to give you access to those in-between tones 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 1963 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 less likely to warp, twist or shrink. You'll also love the playability and feel of this 1963 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 vintage vibe

As you can imagine, a true 1963 Strat would show signs of wear and tear, and this Fender Custom Shop 1963 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 and slightly rusty hardware will make you wonder if it really isn't a true vintage guitar. Collectors in the know will tell you that the Strat was undergoing some notable design mods in 1963, and this 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster captures the era perfectly!

Fender Custom Shop 1963 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic laquer finish
  • Fender's classic '60s "oval C" 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
  • '60s single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • Reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup and modern 5-way switch wiring
  • Brown textured vinyl hardshell case with red interior included
This Fender Custom Shop 1963 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 Olympic White
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Oval C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White 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 '60s Stratocaster Single-coil
Middle Pickup '60s Stratocaster Single-coil
Bridge Pickup '60s Stratocaster Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 1556200805

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Go CS and never go back

I started with a Squier Bullet then I worked my way up to get a MIM and finally a CS. I have owned this exact same model in fiesta red for 3 months now and I have to say I was blown away since the day I received it. The moment I opened the case I knew this was worth the money (I bought it blind by the way). I am a simple man and I never own a vintage strat, but this is definitely by far the best st I've ever played. It has the vintage sound I have been looking for and I am happy with this purchase. Also, this guitar smells very good.
5/5

63 Time Machine

The '63 Time Machine arrived on Saturday and I've spent a lot of time with it. It's definitely something special. I don't think Sweetwater will be getting this one back. I'm glad I opened up to a relic, as it is super comfortable to play. The neck is just a dream. The hand wound CS 60s pickups are wonderful. I can't think of any modification I'd do on this instrument. The Custom Shop gets the small details right. This one is perfectly well-balanced; not too dark and not too bright. It has beautiful cleans but sounds great through a cranked Marshall, too. All in all a killer strat.
5/5

CS 1963 Time Machine Relic Strat

Wow, what an amazing and well-crafted instrument! This guitar is extraordinarily comfortable, and the sound is fantastic. The reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup is a true step up from the standard pickups, but this guitar retains a vintage sound. For me, the neck feels "right," like coming home. Several years ago I had a beat-up (and wore out) '63 Strat, and while I do not regret selling it I have missed that guitar. This Custom Shop Strat definitely takes away that ache while also improving notably on the original. I am impressed by the level of detail the Fender Custom Shop employs in crafting these guitars.Both Ryan Sloan and Morgan Randol provided fantastic service, working patiently with me and answering questions through the purchase process. They are a huge asset to Sweetwater. Thank you!
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