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Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster® Heavy Relic Aged Black (174)

Early 1960 saw a major transition of the Strat® from its original 1950s version. New features that year included a rosewood “slab” fingerboard, three-ply “mint green” nitrocellulose pickguard, thinner oval “C” neck profile, and a tall metal spacer on the string guide. Further, it was the last year of the original “spaghetti” headstock decal (“Fender® Stratocaster® with Synchronized Tremolo”) before the addition of patent numbers.

For this recreation, we’ve added several compelling player-centric features for greater tonal options and a heightened playing experience. The Heavy Relic lacquer finish on the two-piece alder body imparts the look and feel of guitar that’s been played for years. The tinted quartersawn maple neck has a 1960-style oval “C” back shape, topped by a rosewood fingerboard with jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius for comfortable feel when bending anywhere along the neck. Three hand-wound Texas Special™ pickups are connected to Strat “1/2 Blender” wiring, which creates seven possible tonal options through neck-pickup blending in switch positions 1 and 2. Other features include Custom Shop vintage-style synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuning machines, wing string tree with tall metal spacer, and a bone nut. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

 

Body Finish: Heavy Relic® Lacquer Finish
Body Material:  2-Piece Select Alder Body
Bridge Pickup:  Hand-Wound Texas Special
Middle Pickup:  Hand-Wound Texas Special
Neck Pickup:  Hand-Wound Texas Special
Color: Aged Black
Configuration: SSS
Controls: 1/2 Blender Strat Wiring
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" Radius 
Fret Size: 6105
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Bridge: Custom Shop Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Neck Finish: Heavy Relic Lacquer
Neck Material: 1 pc  Tinted Quartersawn Maple Neck
Neck Shape:   '60 Style Oval "C"
Number of Frets: 21
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.65" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Pickguard
Switching: 5-way
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style Tuning Machines
Included Accessories: Tremolo Arm, Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity.