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NAMM 2018: Fender Custom Shop Guitars Coming This Year- Get Your Order in Soon!
Gear4music has an assortment of the highest-quality Fender Custom Shop Guitars due this summer; including Strats, Teles, P Basses, J Basses, and more. Get your order in soon as there's only 1 of each available.
The Fender Custom Shop produces the crème de la crème of guitars and basses. These models are handmade by Fender's top luthiers with unique details exclusive to each instrument. The same luthiers supply instruments to countless world-class players, so you know you'll be in safe hands with a Custom Shop guitar.
This year, Gear4music has a selection of instruments due in extremely limited quantities (only 1 of each!) so if you see something you like the look of, get your order in soon and avoid disappointment.
These guitars come complete with a certificate of authenticity, hard case and a strap; not only will you be purchasing an instrument of the highest order, you'll be getting a highly collectable piece in its own right. Each guitar is professionally photographed on our Custom Shop product pages, so when you place your order you'll be sure that you're getting the exact guitar depicted.
There's a great selection of guitars and basses this year, so grab a coffee and let's have a look at what's coming up…
Fender Custom Shop 30th Anni' Eric Clapton Journeyman Strat, Black
Eric Clapton is one of Fender's most prestigious players and in 1987 he retired his famous Stratocaster, "Blackie", to be replaced by a Custom Shop creation. The 30th Anniversary Clapton Journeyman Stratocaster (in Fender's words), "represents one of the finest instruments to ever come from the artisans of the Dream Factory".
This guitar features Clapton's custom specifications including the TBX tone control, vintage Noiseless pickups, and the active mid-boost circuit for soloing capabilities. The 30th Anniversary Strat is constructed from a stable one-piece quarter-sawn maple neck with a super-comfortable "Soft V" profile.
The Black Lacquer Journeyman Relic finish recreates the look of a guitar that's had a life on the road. The lacquer is thin enough to let the wood "breathe" - helping the guitar to resonate more fully. Other features include a 9.5"-radius fingerboard with 22 vintage-size frets, 5-way switching, single-ply Parchment pickguard, vintage-style hardware, bone nut, wing string tree and Clapton’s signature on the headstock.
Fender Custom Shop LTD Roasted Relic Dual Mag Strat, Black
The Black Roasted Dual-Mag Strat Relic is aged to perfection; you'll be convinced it's had a battle-hardened musician's life of touring and gigging. Despite its sultry and aged appearance, this instrument has all the modern luxuries you'd expect from a Custom Shop Guitar. This is an instrument of stark contrasts: vintage looks and sound with a (hidden) modern playing experience.
The alder body and quarter-sawn maple neck are both roasted for the ultimate stability, sustain and resonance - your tone will leap out of this guitar. The Relic lacquer finish recreates the look and feel of a decades-old instrument and helps the guitar "breathe". A contrasting super-modern playing feel is specified alongside vintage-inspired aesthetics and tonal appointments; at the modern end of the spectrum the guitar features Jescar 6100 jumbo frets and 9.5-12'' compound-radius fingerboard and hand-wound Dual-Mag pickups with the Strat Blender and Greasebucket wiring. At the vintage end of the spectrum, this guitar has ‘60s-style “Oval C"-shaped neck profile, Vintage White pickup covers, and a black Relic pickguard.
Fender Custom Shop LTD Relic 50s Thinline Tele, Pink Paisley
The '50S Tele Thinline Relic is a nod towards the Telecaster's country-music origins. The floral finish represents the decades when the Telecaster became popular in almost all genres of music and was used by the world's biggest artists. This model has a Relic'd appearance and would pass as a vintage classic.
A modern electronics setup is included with a hand-wound Custom Shop Original Blackguard bridge pickup alongside the gnarly Texas Special neck pickup, wired with the Greasebucket tone circuit. This is contrasted guitar's vintage-inspired appointments such as ’57-style "Soft V"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius fingerboard, vintage-correct Tele bridge with brass saddles, parchment pickguard and vintage-style tuners.
In Fender's words, this guitar is "Familiar enough to latch on to and cool enough to fall in love with". Time to dig out those spurs…
Fender Custom Shop LTD 1956 Roasted Fat Strat, Aged Black
A fully roasted maple neck and alder body gives this guitar unbridled resonance and sustain. The thin Relic Lacquer unleashes the guitar's full tonal potential and gives the distressed look of a life on the road. Hand-wound Fat '60s Strat pickups are connected with Fat '50s wiring to create a bold tone with transparent bloom, smooth volume tapers, and no loss in treble when you roll down the volume.
This guitar has easy playability too with its 6100 Jumbo frets, 9.5'' radius fingerboard, and a smooth AA birdseye maple neck.
Fender Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic Nocaster, Faded Blonde
Fender Custom Shop Orders
These guitars will be ready to order soon, so keep your eyes peeled on the Gear4music website for imminent availability.
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By Matt Wilkinson
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