Up for sale, a 2013 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster Heavy Relic in mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the COA, all factory paperwork and case candy, and the original G&G Deluxe hardshell case. This Strat faithfully replicates the feel, appearance, and tone of Fender’s Pre-CBS golden age, and this particular example sports a custom color Faded Sonic Blue finish.
A limited run Custom Shop model that reproduces all the hallmarks of the first "slab board" Stratocasters, this '60 model features a two-piece alder body paired with a quartersawn maple neck capped with a AAA rosewood slab fingerboard. A couple player-friendly modern tweaks include a 9 1/2" radius fingerboard and 6100 jumbo fretwire that has appreciably more crown and meat than vintage fretwire.
Sonically, the guitar has a bright and lively natural acoustic response that's channeled faithfully via the stock trio of Fender's Custom Shop Texas Special single coils. Featuring black fiber flatwork, push-back cloth wire, and staggered hand-beveled Alnico V magnets, the Texas Specials offer plenty of traditional Strat cut and sparkle, overwound just enough for additional midrange emphasis, output and bite, particularly in the bridge position. The sound is broad and bell-like at the neck, and the middle pickup is RWRP for hum-cancelling quack and scooped jangle in the 2 and 4 positions. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The quartersawn maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve, with a gentle increase in overall heft and shoulder further up the fretboard. The edges on the thick rosewood slab are rolled for added comfort, and the profile measures .785” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The rosewood slab board has a modern 9 1/2" radius with flawless jumbo 6100 fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1.650” in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style single line tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with uniformly aged buttons. The Custom Shop chevron is present on the back of the headstock, and all requisite Custom Shop markings are present in the control cavity, tremolo cavity, and neck pocket.
All of the electronics function flawlessly, with three Custom Shop Texas Special black bobbin pickups and an untouched harness. The pickups are governed by a five-way selector switch and Volume/Tone/Tone control configuration. Unlike traditional Strat wiring, the second Tone control also functions on the bridge pickup, taming any unwanted high treble. Plastics comprise ivory pickup covers and knobs and a three-ply parchment pickguard. The chrome bridge base and jack plate are immaculate, with saddles that are aged as part of the factory relic treatment. The vibrato is floating fractionally off the body, actuating very easily with a smoother, more elegant feel than many Strats.
While on a Heavy Relic it's always difficult to separate factory aging from natural playwear, suffice it to say this guitar is virtually unplayed since new, and the Faded Sonic Blue nitro lacquer finish is pitch perfect in its tint and saturation, with extensive lacquer checking across the body and heavy simulated playwear. The neck profile has a silky smooth satin finish, worn down nearly to the bare maple as part of the relic process.
The original brown tolex G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the COA and all hangtags and case candy.