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2017 Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic Lake Placid Blue w/ Case, COA, Tags


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Up for sale, a 2017 Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, CoA/hangtags, and case candy. Part of Fender's "Journeyman Relic" series, this Strat faithfully replicates the feel, appearance, and tone of Fender's Pre-CBS golden age, featuring a gloss nitro lacquer Lake Placid Blue finish.

The tonewood complement comprises an alder body, rift-sawn maple neck, and AAA rosewood fretboard, and this Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz. The trio of Custom Shop Hand-Wound ‘60/’63 single coil pickups deliver quintessential Stratocaster tonalities at each position on the five-way pickup selector switch, featuring period-correct construction with formvar wire, Alnico V magnets (vintage stagger and bevel), and cloth-covered leads. The bridge pickup has a sweet, woody cut, the neck is full-sounding and gutsy, and the "in-between” positions have hollow quack, with a low noise-floor thanks to the reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup. This 1963 Journeyman Stratocaster has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Rift-sawn maple
-Shape: Slender C, measuring .820” 1st fret, .945” 12th fret
-Fretboard: AAA Rosewood, 9 1/2" radius
-Frets: 6105, pristine
-Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Nut: 1.650” (42mm), bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style Fender single-line
-Serialization: R-prefix serial on neck plate

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Custom Shop Hand-Wound ‘60/’63 single coils, wound by Bricenda Pineda (“BP” on bobbin), dated 1-19-17
-Harness: CTS 250k pots, paper-in-oil tone caps
-Hardware: Six-point vibrato, “ashtray” bridge cover
-Plastics: Three-ply mint pickguard, cream pickup covers/knobs

The gloss Lake Placid Blue nitro lacquer finish exhibits extensive subtle lacquer checking and simulated marks of wear (including buckle rash) consistent with the synthetic aging of the Journeyman Relic model. Beyond the factory aging, the guitar shows sparingly little wear. Similarly factory-worn to the bare maple, the neck profile has a very smooth, satin feel, and the profile is immaculate.

The original G&G-brand brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with the CoA, hangtags, and case candy.