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Fender Custom Shop Custom Shop Time Machine Series '56 Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar   

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This awesome reproduction was created by the Custom Shop for the Time Machines Series. Features of the '56 Relic Strat include an alder or ash body d...Click To Read More About This Product

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The early Strat® lives on.

This awesome reproduction was created by the Custom Shop for the Time Machines Series. Features of the '56 Relic Strat include an alder or ash body depending on finish (ash on the vintage blonde), and the original 10/56 shaped maple neck. Its Relic finish treatment gives it the look of a well-played axe. Includes a Fender deluxe hardshell case.

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FEATURES
  • Alder body (ash for the vintage blonde)
  • Original specification pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • '56 neck profile
  • Single-ply white pickguard
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4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

As good as it gets!!!

I've played an original '58 Stratocaster (Red and White with a maple neck)...I've owned an original '67 black and white Stratocaster, a brand new '70 white Stratocaster (Jimi Hendrix...Read complete review

I've played an original '58 Stratocaster (Red and White with a maple neck)...I've owned an original '67 black and white Stratocaster, a brand new '70 white Stratocaster (Jimi Hendrix style)that I bought in 1970 (wish I kept that one)a 1972 white Telecaster....a custom Gibson SG, An EB3 1968 Gibson bass guitar....and recintly picked up a 1978 Telecaster that I thought had the best neck (maple) that I have ever touched. I've owned Mexican Stratocasters, Washburn guitars...BC Rich and other that I can't remember. I've played rock and roll sine 1967 ,,,through the 70's up to 1985 when I backed out of playing in bands. I've always played lead guitar with Jimi Hendrix being my mentor. Clapton eventually became more of an influence along with Johnny Winter and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). This sums up to 40 years of playing guitar. (since I was 11).I now mostly play rock blues with a bit of Hendrix blus style thrown in. I've always dreamed of owning a 1957 Stratocaster but at $35,000.00 it's a bit out of reach.I played (3) of the relics at Guitar Center in Danvers MA. This one was by far...the best guitar I've ever had in my hands. Perfect for my straight power blues style and perfect for my Hendric style blues. I have to set it up one more time (other than original factory settings)and figure out the best string size and height and it's perfect to me. I just don't want to stop to do these things but I tell myself...if it's this good now...OMG....Can't say anything more. Absolutely the best. Thanks Leo Fender and company...I've always returned to you.

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Not sure about this one. . .

When I first picked up this guitar, I fell in love. It was the only Strat I had ever played that really captured that huge quack that made the Strat famous. I purchased...Read complete review

When I first picked up this guitar, I fell in love. It was the only Strat I had ever played that really captured that huge quack that made the Strat famous. I purchased it, and still own it. However, after the honeymoon, I realized this thing isn't much. The pickups are thin, poorly balanced, and have HORRIBLE string balance. The finish on the neck is very sticky (although the neck size is LUSH). Chords lack weight, the treble response is ridiculously harsh. Beautifully crafted, but just not a solid instrument.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not sure about this one. . .

By Strat Lover-3mUEM

from Mount Vernon

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When I first picked up this guitar, I fell in love. It was the only Strat I had ever played that really captured that huge quack that made the Strat famous. I purchased it, and still own it. However, after the honeymoon, I realized this thing isn't much. The pickups are thin, poorly balanced, and have HORRIBLE string balance. The finish on the neck is very sticky (although the neck size is LUSH). Chords lack weight, the treble response is ridiculously harsh. Beautifully crafted, but just not a solid instrument.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Nick-H_dl7

from Undisclosed

I can not think of a better guitar for the blues / rock that I play. Simply the best. I took out the stock bridge pickup with a Dimarzio Vintage Solo to beef up the bridge some, and that is the only complaint I had.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as it gets!!!

By Syth

from Seabrook, NH

I've played an original '58 Stratocaster (Red and White with a maple neck)...I've owned an original '67 black and white Stratocaster, a brand new '70 white Stratocaster (Jimi Hendrix style)that I bought in 1970 (wish I kept that one)a 1972 white Telecaster....a custom Gibson SG, An EB3 1968 Gibson bass guitar....and recintly picked up a 1978 Telecaster that I thought had the best neck (maple) that I have ever touched. I've owned Mexican Stratocasters, Washburn guitars...BC Rich and other that I can't remember. I've played rock and roll sine 1967 ,,,through the 70's up to 1985 when I backed out of playing in bands. I've always played lead guitar with Jimi Hendrix being my mentor. Clapton eventually became more of an influence along with Johnny Winter and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). This sums up to 40 years of playing guitar. (since I was 11).I now mostly play rock blues with a bit of Hendrix blus style thrown in. I've always dreamed of owning a 1957 Stratocaster but at $35,000.00 it's a bit out of reach.I played (3) of the relics at Guitar Center in Danvers MA. This one was by far...the best guitar I've ever had in my hands. Perfect for my straight power blues style and perfect for my Hendric style blues. I have to set it up one more time (other than original factory settings)and figure out the best string size and height and it's perfect to me. I just don't want to stop to do these things but I tell myself...if it's this good now...OMG....Can't say anything more. Absolutely the best. Thanks Leo Fender and company...I've always returned to you.

 
5.0

Sweet sounding guitar!

By rockandrollman

from colorado

This guitar beets out anyother i have owed. Very smooth for any playing style. It will give a great punch if you need it. The wood is very supurb and graet sustain. the sound comes from the wood.

 
5.0

Greatfull

By Frank G.-Azc90

from Staten Island, NY

I own several guitars, including Fender's from the 70's & mid 80's. This guitar probably get's more playing time than the rest for it's playability and true sound. Thank you Fender for re-producing this guitar at a fraction of the price I would have paid (not to mention the effort trying to find an original)for the real 56'.

 
5.0

My Favorite Guitar!

By Bird-A7A.2

from Lake Balboa,CA

I've been playing for 22 years, and have had a chance to play some great instruments, and I have to say, this one rates right up there with anything else I've played. Some may call me crazy, but I actually traded my '75 Strat for this relic repro. The '75 NEVER would have been this guitar even with a refret and all electronix changed...it's in the wood. This one is so light and resonant, you won't want to put it down. Trust me. Thanks for my dream guitar FCS!

 
5.0

A simply smashing guitar.

By Thunderbird316

from Beaverton, MI

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I really love Strats. They are the simplest and easiest to play. I have played many other guitars and have yet to find one that I can display all my emotions upon.This one is a very good example of my favorite kind of Strat, the Relic. I like this one especially because of its worn down maple neck, heavily used looking white body, & tarnished hardware. It gives off the impression that it is actually from 1956 and it has been played from then to now. I believe that when something gets to look this way, it is a testiment of how it got there. I thank the people at Fender for dedicating their time and patience to making this Stratocaster a work of art.

 
5.0

Most Comnfortable Guitar Ever

By SrDedosRapidos

from Cincinnati

I just got back from playing this a few hours ago and wow. It almost plays itself. The setup was perfect and the fretboard was greased lightning. The overall ease of play was just tremendous, weather it was chord heavy hendrix fills or a pentatonic flurry, it was all so effortless!The sound was twice as incredible as the playability. Any more, its very hard to find a strat that has a good vintage funky "spank" to it, but this has it in spades. The sound really pops off the string.I was plugged through a Marshall mode four. The tone was, as I said, very funky, but also VERY smooth and responsive. I dont mind the 3-way pickup selector because I've always hated the 2 halfway positions, but all three pickups sounded amazing. Dead on a 56' strat. Im a little weary of "reliced" and "aged" guitars, but the job fender has done with these. You could play it and swear it really was a 56'. The wear is very convincing; they didnt go overboard at all, and the fretwear was probably the best detail. Nothinbg like a broken in fretboard on a 50's neck! I will be getting one ASAP. Any guitar that makes you want to play it is a guitar worth owning, and I'll probably never put this down.

 
5.0

Maybe better than the real thing

By jinx667

from Oceanside, CA

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Now, before the vintage gurus crucify me, let me explain. I say this may well be better than having an original for 2 reasons:1. It is made out of new wood and components, which, while made to LOOK old, will last like they are new2. Since you did not pay the actual price for a real '56 you will not be afraid to really play it.Now for the review: This thing has a huge neck, and it is awesome. It was modeled after a very fat-necked original, and it feels very substantial in your hands. As far as the finish, it looks great. Each one looks different (as do all old guitars) and has its charm. Mine is not overly "relicked" and has just the perfect look, that will only get better with time. The guitar is very light and comfortable to hold. The electronics are great. Sure they buzz, but if you cared about that, you would not be reading this. The cusom vintage pups are great. I have the 5 way switch in mine, but it also comes with a 3 way, if that is your thing. All in all this is one great guitar.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Alex

By Alex-JsC6W

from Austin TX

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I have been playing Gibson guitars for many years now and I wanted to try something new. I bought this for cheap from a friend who works at a music shop in Austin. I went home happy that I just bought a normally expensive guitar for very very cheap. When I got home, I was disappointed. The thing did not compare to my Gibsons.

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