The birth of an era. The Fender Custom Shop 1960 Relic Stratocaster takes players back to the roots of rock 'n' roll. Hendrix. Pete Townshend. George Harrison. All notable Strat users of the famed '60s era. And now, with the release of this Custom Shop model, it's time to let your creativity flourish in true vintage style.
Loaded with a trio of hand-wound Texas Special pickups, the Custom Shop Strat unleashes the iconic single-coil tones that set the foundation for rock 'n' roll as we know it. Every aspect of its design breathes '60s Fender. From the laminated rosewood fretboard, to the Oval "C" shaped neck - the Custom Shop Strat is crafted for superb playability and distinctive Fender feel. Topped off with a synchronized tremolo bridge and characterful relic finish, the 1960 Stratocaster gives players all the '60s flair in a design built for the modern stage.
Three is a magic number. The trio of Custom Shop hand-wound Texas Special single-coil pickups on this guitar will make your riffs soar. They're hot and fiery – but also offer a bit of vintage twang. And their higher output means you get the hugest tone you've ever heard. The bridge position pickup is powerful and punchy – perfect for those crunchy, aggressive rhythm chops and sharp lead.
The neck pickup is creamy and fat, helping your notes reach their full potential. It'll send waves of energy through your licks and inject them with emotion. Your blues bends will have a resounding voice with tonnes of sustain. Then there's the middle pickup, which is twangy and vibrant, offering the perfect tonal balance between the neck and bridge pickups. You'll be able to handle any style with these powerful pickups at your disposal.
It's not enough to just sound '60s. It has to feel '60s, too. Luckily, Fender have ensured that every aspect of the 1960 Custom Shop Strat has the unique, vintage feel that guitarists crave in a Custom Shop model. A lightweight alder body lets players roam free on stage, along with a dual-cutaway design for effortless access to the upper frets. Fender know better than anyone that a guitar should enhance creativity. And this Custom Shop model is certainly no exception.
It's not just the body, though. A 1960 Oval "C" shaped neck fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, whilst providing authentic feel through its entirety. What's more – it's layered with a laminated rosewood fretboard. So, your hands can soar across every inch of the guitar's fingerboard and perform every riff, chord, and solo with ultimate precision. It's almost addictive to play.
What makes a Fender Custom Shop guitar so special? There's an endless list of answers. But one of the most recognised features is the relic finishes. The 1960 Stratocaster features a Relic finish for that sought-after worn guitar look. Giving your guitar more character and personal style, the relic design simply demands audience attention. So you can be sure that every time you step on stage, it's all eyes on you. Everyone knows that a Fender Custom Shop is a rarity. And with the classic Shell Pink paintwork to top it off, it can be yours to showcase on stage.
It doesn't get more creative than using a whammy bar in performance. Hendrix used one in his Woodstock performance. Jeff Beck made it his own. And now, you can inject your performance with your own creative flair. Whether you're unleashing screeching dive bombs, giving your solo that extra kick, or simply decorating your chords with some elegant shimmer – the famed Strat tremolo system gives players an even bigger platform to experiment their sound with. A Strat wouldn't be a Strat without it. So it goes without saying that the '60 Custom Shop features the iconic tremolo bridge design, for even more possibilities in your sound.
An instrument of such individuality needs protecting. Which is why the Fender 1960 Stratocaster comes with a brown hardshell case. Take your cherished instrument on the road, with the peace of mind that it’ll be in pristine condition every time you play. Preventing scratching, scraping, or any other damage to your guitar - the deluxe hardshell case makes transporting between venues simple and stress-free. No worries. No panic. Just the excitement of performance, the way it should be.