Never has a name been more fitting than it is with Fender Custom Time Machine Strats and Fender Custom Relic Strats. That's because these instruments really are like going through a time machine, with masterful attention to every detail delivering an incredibly accurate reproduction of each classic model. Say goodbye to auction crawling and searching online for vintage Stratocasters - all you need is one of these axes, and you'll have that same old-school character along with all the benefits that come with a modern instrument, like better reliability and more durable finishes. When you want the best of both worlds, old and new, this is the place to look.
Check out the Fender Custom Shop 1956 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar for an idea of what to expect from this section. It starts with a hand-selected ash body, and has the much-requested 10/56 neck shape. A set of Fat '50s pickups gives it all the vintage tone you could ask for, and Fender has even gone the extra mile by giving the guitar a distressed look, with scuffs, scratches and other wear marks that make it look well-loved and well-played right out of the box.
If you're looking for something a few years along the timeline, you can go up a decade to the Fender Custom Shop 1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar. Like the '56 model, this axe features an intense relic treatment that makes it look like it's been on the road for years. It has a lightweight body, and the back of the quartersawn U-shaped neck has a worn finish that feels like it's been well broken-in from day one.
When you want a guitar that looks and feels like it came straight from the 1950s or '60s, there's no easier way to get it than to browse Fender Custom Time Machine Strats and Fender Custom Relic Strats. They're the perfect combination of the Fender Custom Shop's expertise and the vintage quality that put Fender on the map all those decades ago. Looking for an axe that'll turn heads and ears? You've found it.