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Fender Custom Shop 1961 Stratocaster Relic Masterbuilt by John Cruz

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The Fender Custom Shop 1961 Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar Master Built by John Cruz will please any Strat fan fortunate enough to strap it on. C...Click To Read More About This Product

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A relic'd masterpiece of alder, maple, Indian rosewood and hand-wound pickups.

The Fender Custom Shop 1961 Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar Master Built by John Cruz will please any Strat fan fortunate enough to strap it on. Close inspection reveals the remarkable workmanship and attention to detail for which John of Fender Custom Shop is known. It's available in a vintage combination of Strat specs. It has a contoured alder body with a 54 maple neck sporting a "U" back shape and a compound radius. The fingerboard is dark Indian rosewood with 21 frets, leading to Vintage Fender logo tuners. Perfectly incorporating a Vintage Strat tremolo bridge, the 60-style pickguard houses three handwound Strat pickups for classic Strat tone.

John Cruz
John Cruz came to Fender in 1987, joined the Custom Shop in 1993 and became a Master Builder in 2003. Custom guitars are his passion, and he is the man behind several famous Custom Shop instruments, including the replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan's famous Number One Stratocaster guitar.

Cruz also built the limited-run Moto guitar and amp sets, worked on the '49 Woody amp project and developed all production processes for the Rory Gallagher and Muddy Waters tribute guitars. Further, his meticulous work was essential to all aspects of the initial Custom Shop Relic guitars and basses, and he initiated the Custom Shops quality assurance program.

Cruz has built fantastic guitars for players such as Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), Dave Amato and Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Bono (U2), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), Ike Turner and Brad Whitford (Aerosmith).

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Alder 1-piece
Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: 1954 U
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood Dark Indian
Radius: Compound 7.25"-9.5"
Fret size: Medium Stew Mac Vintage
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: Not specified
Pickups
Configuration: SSS
Neck: Handwound '60s Strat
Middle: Handwound '60s Strat
Bridge: Handwound '60s Strat
Brand: Fender Custom shop
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 5-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Vintage synchronized tremolo
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Vintage-style
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Relic treatment
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Cable, strap, tools, certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: United States

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