A 2023 Fender Custom Shop collection, the 1956 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic® features the look, sound, and vibe of an exquisitely reinvented golden-era Stratocaster, more than 65 years after its eponymous predecessor. .
The 2-piece select ash body features an off-center seam that brings a lively sound to the balanced treble and sweet midrange. Available in Aged White Blonde, Wide Fade Two-Color Sunburst, Aged Black, and Aged Sherwood Metallic in a rich Journeyman Relic Flashcoat lacquer finish. This special finish recreates a look that has changed hands or been passed down through the years, giving it the feel of a home that has been used a fair amount for the occasional jam session or weekend gig. I am wearing it. This is a well-maintained piece that perfectly reproduces light cracks, familiar scratches and dents in the wood, and slight hardware deterioration over time.
The 1-piece flat-sawn maple neck has a chunky 54-style soft "V" profile with a comfortable vintage compound radius (7.25" - 9.5") maple fingerboard, 21 medium vintage frets (47095) and a bone nut. , slightly flattened towards the nut for ease of choking. Three Custom Shop hand-wound '55 Strat® pickups, including a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup with hum canceling in switch positions 2 and 4, feature the same wiring and 5-way switch found in vintage Strats from '54 to '58. This provides exceptionally clear highs and a balanced midrange.
Palen Music Center has a wide range of unique guitars to enhance the sound of your music! We have been trusted by musicians across the country since 1963 and are constantly working to provide the best value for our customers. With the addition of our new PLEK machine and our longtime veteran luthiers, we are pleased to provide top-quality guitar repair.
The instrument pictured is the exact instrument you’ll receive. All fretted instruments receive a free complimentary professional setup.
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