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Fender Custom Shop 1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Dakota Red 

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Featuring a heavy relic treatment, this 1968 Stratocaster has the look of many years of hard use on the road. The guitar's premium ash body wood has ...Read More

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A Custom Shop beauty that replicates a battle scarred '68.

Featuring a heavy relic treatment, this 1968 Stratocaster has the look of many years of hard use on the road. The guitar's premium ash body wood has great tone and is lightweight for playing comfort. The quartersawn maple U-shaped neck has the finish worn off the back for a great, played-in feel. A dark Indian rosewood fingerboard sports pearl face dots, and 21 smaller 6105 frets. Custom Shop 1969 pickups have the sought-after sound of yesterday with the benefits of modern wiring. Schaller "F" tuners, aged hardware and cigarette burn on the headstock complete the dream.

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FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: 1968 U
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: 6105
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: 1969 Custom
  • Middle: 1969 Custom
  • Bridge: 1969 Custom
  • Brand: Fender Custom shop
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Modern wiring
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Schaller
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Relic treatment
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Cable, strap, certificate of authenticity
  • Country of origin: United States
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Fender Custom Shop1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The BEST Strat I've Ever Played

By Mark-zcX3S

from Florida

Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is the finest Strat I have ever played. The combination of the quartersawn neck, the hand wound Abby 69 pickups, and the resonant body, make this guitar incredible. I wouldn't sell it for 5x what I paid brand new.It's funny and very obvious that all the haters posting in regard to this guitar have never owned one, and clearly don't get it. If you are comparing a MIJ guitar with parts to this CS 68, you haven't got a clue.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Custom Shop Worthy!

Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is my 2nd Custom Shop Fender and I have played several others, hands down, this one is the real deal. Quarter sawn headstock/neck, '69 pickups. A blues machine, I played this at a small church and had people come up to me afterward commenting on the tone! I have a vintage white one, and through my Hot Rod Deluxe this thing sounds amazing. Price is a little high, but if we as musicians know anything, it's you get what you pay for!

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(1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good little shredder

By ShredTastic

from Van, by river

Comments about Fender Custom Shop 1968 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this on a lark. I was looking to replace my trusty FirstAct (broken string) and I saw this and ordered it - the free shipping made it irresistible. I don't know what happened, must of gotten tossed around a bit on the delivery truck, a lot of scratches and a bunch of dents. How about some QC Fender? For this kind of money I expected a better finish. Also, I don't like the strings that came on it. They were really sharp, but I sanded them down a bit and they are okay now. Overall a pretty good axe to shred Metallica, finger pick bluegrass or play my favorite Trans Siberian Railroad tunes on.

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