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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Fender Custom Shop 2016 Limited Edition 1956 Heavy relic Strat

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

Mar 5th, 2016 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I went to the winter Namm Show and fell in love with the new 2016 collection Fender Limited Edition 1956 Heavy Relic Strat in wide fade 2tbs, that has the hand wound pickups, lightly tinted quarter sawn maple neck and egg shell pick guard. I had to order one from my go to guy Tony at Guitar Center. I am patiently waiting for this guitar to come in. Out of all the guitars at the Namm Show, this guitar was the only one that caught my eye. Last year at the 2015 Winter Namm Show, Fender did not have one guitar that I wanted. I am hoping with the new management at the Fender Custom Shop, will get back to basic's and bring the price's down on guitars a bit. I can't believe how price's have gone up even on Masterbuilt ones. I would love to have a Masterbuilt from the Fender Custom Shop, but I can not afford price's that are close to 7 grand or more. Anyone here like the new 2016 Fender Custom Shop collection that came out this year?

Chris Greene
FDP Host

Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 5th, 2016 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

With Fender's new policies, I've paid very little attention to anything they've done in a few years. The pricing structure is crazy. I have a 2000-1 era Time Machine NOS 1956 Strat from the Custom Shop built for me by the old regime. Very, very nice guitar.

Contributing Member

Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
Mar 5th, 2016 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hope your new guitar lives up to your dreams. I'm sure it will.

Glad I bought my MB and CS Strat when they were affordable to me.



A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Mar 5th, 2016 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's funny-- My most recent new purchase was an American Vintage '56 in ash, and the one before that, in January, a 2014 '56 Heavy Relic with an alder body and the John Cruz Master Design pickups that was languishing in a dealer's warehouse. Very different beasts, excepting their weight at about seven and a quarter apiece. Perhaps this confirms my agreement with you in a roundabout way-- Fender have lately been revisiting 1956 well.

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

Mar 31st, 2016 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am still patiently waiting for my guitar. I was told it should be another 2 weeks before it arrives at Guitar Center. Apparently this particular model I wanted in the fade wide 2tbs is a hot color and the custom shop ran out of them and more are being built. I will post when I get it in my hands and give a report on how I like it. I have quite a few custom shop guitars that I have bought in the last 2 decades and I haven't noticed any difference in the quality. All of them are top notch and I have no complaints. My favorite guitar out of the custom shop is probably the one from 1996 that I bought that is a NOS 1954 Strat, 2tbs, a beautiful birds eye/flame maple neck, the certificate is signed by John Page. I am not sure if this was built by Vince C., but it makes no difference to me. This guitar is perfect! I am a life long Fender lover and player of their guitars.

CChampagne, Esquire

from New Orleans

Apr 2nd, 2016 12:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

If by "Vince C" you mean Vince Cunetto, I would remind you that Mr. Cunetto reliced the guitar parts for Fender's Custom Shop. He sent the guitar parts unassembled back to the Custom Shop where they were assembled and prepared for sale.

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

May 7th, 2016 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

My guitar arrived last month and it was worth the wait. It is everything I imagined and it is exactly like the guitar I saw at the winter Namm Show. I doubt I will buy another guitar for awhile, since I can't figure out what direction the Fender Custom Shop is going in regards to the different guitar models they are coming out with. What is this Post Modern or Journeyman? I checked out the post modern and I did not care for the bridge plate on the Telecasters or the Fender decal the company is using on the Stratocasters. I will see what the 2017 winter Namm Show will have. I do love my Fender guitars.

Contributing Member

USA/Taos, NM

May 7th, 2016 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pix, please.

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
May 8th, 2016 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on the guitar . Personally I do like the journeyman relics ( not so much the postmodern specs though). To me the journeyman relics are a little bit more realistical in what you would normally find in a vintage guitar than the heavy relics as far as finish goes. Most people dont treat their guitar like SRV did onstage.
I have a 59 journeyman relic and it has a nice relic job with mostly vintage specs except the radius and frets.



A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
May 15th, 2016 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

The few journeymen I have seen seem to be in between the old closet classic and old relic (pre-2011) in their degree of finish abuse-- Just right for a nice old, used guitar.

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