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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / New 65 Relic Strat

Dave McDonald


I'm a Stratman ski bi di bi do
Jul 9th, 2011 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I just recently bought a 65 Relic Strat in lake placid blue and just WOW. This seriously is one of the nicest playing/sounding guitars I've ever had my dirty little mitts on. When I went into the guitar store I was just window shopping and had no intention of actually buying a guitar. I ended up jamming on this baby for about 45 minutes through a vox tube amp. I went back to the store a couple more times to "check it out" before I finally pulled the trigger; Once I was absolutely sure the shop keeper was dead I walked out with a custom shop strat. Seriously though I'm so happy with this guitar. It's crazy how nice the pickups sound. The neck is amazingly smooth and fast, the aged yellow lacquer on the neck looks great too.
At first I actually disliked the color of the guitar and purchased it solely on the fact that it is pretty much the nicest playing/sounding guitar I've come across, but the color has grown on me and I now love it. Mine is a very light relic which I kind of prefer as this way I can do the majority of the wear and tear through years of use. The headstock decal is cool too, it's a fatter font with gold lettering.
Now I just have to wait until my new Fender Mustang III amp arrives, can't wait.
Anyone else own a 65 relic strat? If so what do you like or dislike about yours?

(This message was last edited by Dave McDonald at 07:16 PM, Jul 9th, 2011)

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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jul 9th, 2011 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one of the first NOS 65 Strats with Abby pickups in '98. It was the era where Cunetto was winding down and the Custom Shop was ramping up the Time Machine series. I bought it after playing it side by side with my real '64. The comparisons were uncanny in terms of weight, neck feel, pickup response etc. I sold it off a couple years ago in a herd thinning, but really liked that one.

(This message was last edited by SoK66 at 04:42 PM, Aug 5th, 2011)

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Enjoy it while you have it!
Jul 10th, 2011 02:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a NOS in LPB. It is such a nice guitar. Probably my favourite!

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jul 10th, 2011 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I needed another guitar, one of these would be what I would want. I do not play for a living so can not justify paying over a couple hundred. All my guitars are Frankenstrats. My Fav has aset of Rumple pups that Aaron wound me like the Abby Masterwinds. What a sound! Abby is a Master, so is Aaron. I should buy anothe set off Aaron for a future build. the CS 60 relic pups are also exceptional. I think they are the pups in the Rory Gallagher CS Strat.

Klooks Kleek
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"Take me to your Reverb Unit"
Jul 13th, 2011 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'e read that the '65 pups are absolutely fantastic.

Dave McDonald


Jul 14th, 2011 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not the most experienced person when it comes to normal single coil pickups, I usually use lace sensors. I do however love the pickups on this guitar, they definitely can't do metal but can do some pretty hard rock.



Aug 7th, 2011 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a 2010 relic '65 strat in s/b. I agree-its amazing! I love the '65 cs pu's! They only made these for the 2010 season and to me, I scored big time. The finish is the best relic I've seen. The fender cs is so good at making a gtr that out of the box is perfect. I would recomend these gtr's to everyone!

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Colorado, USA

Master of the Rudecaster
Aug 28th, 2011 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"They only made these for the 2010 season ..."

Not sure what your talking about clapciadrix, I own a '65 built in 03. Great guitar, my favorite pups for sure.

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

Nov 19th, 2011 11:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 65 NOS in black with a AA flame rosewood neck, I had special ordered for me through MakenMusic in 2010. I saw these guitars at Namm and I had to have one. The 65 pickups on it rock. Since these guitars are a limited edition for 2010, I don't know if any dealers still have them.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Nov 21st, 2011 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those pups are something.

Do they have bevelled pole pieces like the 60 CS Relic pups?

I like the CS60s, but think I would like the CS65s even better.

I don't really don't have any pup gas since buying my Rumplestiltskin Abby Masterwind copies. yes here on the forum has a really nice web site on the 65 pups. It is at areyouexperienced

yes' website



Feb 5th, 2012 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep love my 65 heavy relic. Feels like an old friend since day 1.

Mine was "born" 5 July 2005!

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Feb 6th, 2012 02:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wish they where still available. I would love to own one due to it been a "year of my birth" guitar. When I finally got the nod of approval from the Minister of Finance to purchase one, they had being discontinued.

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Feb 6th, 2012 11:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is a Wildwood '65. It has a 9.5 radius, larger frets and custom designed pups. I bought it used from a fellow that went to the WW shop and hand picked his. I bugged him from the get-go to sell it to me and he finally did (he's a Gibson guy). Great relic job on this one.

Wildwood '65 Strat

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Feb 7th, 2012 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  


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Feb 8th, 2012 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Ron. It's a real nice playing guitar.



Aug 4th, 2012 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here is my gorgeous 2003 Relic in LPB with a 7.25" radius but 6105s.

She is a dream!!

My '65 in LPB

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Aug 5th, 2012 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is a shame that yes doesn't come around here anymore. I had many discussions with him about the CS 65 nrelic pups. Not to knock SMARK.

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