Fender Custom Shop John Cruz
When John Cruz came to Fender back in 1987, it was easy to see that building custom guitars was his passion. By 1993 he joined the Fender Custom Shop and in 2003 he became a Master Builder. Since then, John Cruz's reputation for designing six-string and 4-string works of art has strengthened by the day; he even made Stevie Ray Vaughan's iconic "Number One" Strat. This catalog of Fender Custom Shop John Cruz guitars and basses includes many of his greatest accomplishments, from '65 Jaguars and Jazzmasters to '57 Precision Basses and even '59 Teles. Make no mistake, when you're ready to play the greatest guitar of your life, this is the place to make your dream a reality.
For a meticulous re-creation of a '55 Strat, you owe it to yourself to check out the Fender Custom 1957 Stratocaster Relic Masterbuilt by John Cruz. Available in a combination of vintage Strat specs, this axe boasts a Fiesta Red finish and an alder body with a maple neck (including a "U" back shape). Additionally, it has a maple fingerboard with 21 frets, a '56-style pickguard and three hand-wound '50s Strat pickups. To put it simply, the looks, feel and tone of this guitar will blow the mind of any Strat aficionado.
Next up, we'll suggest the Fender Custom Shop 1959 Esquire Custom Relic Masterbuilt by John Cruz. Sporting an Indian rosewood fingerboard, '59 Esquire bridge, '59-style pickguard and a single hand-wound pickup, this relic'd masterpiece will be hard to put down once you pick it up. For that matter, the same can be said for the Fender Custom Shop 1961 Jazz Bass Closet Classic in Olympic White. This bass was first introduced in 1960 as Fender's deluxe bass model. Soon, it became a favorite worldwide for is slim neck, slick offset-waist design and full dual-pickup tone. This version crafted by Cruz pays tribute to the second-year release of this Jazz Bass and the results are nothing short of flawless.
As you can see, you don't have to be the highest bidder to own a Fender Custom Shop John Cruz guitar or bass. There are more than enough options right here and each come with a stylish hardshell case to ensure it's in pristine condition during its journey to your hands. When you consider that John Cruz has built instruments for everyone from Richie Sambora to Brad Whitford, Bono and Duff McKagan, you can rest assured that any axe you choose from this section will exceed your expectations.