Here’s a sweet Stratocaster from the first decade of the Fender Custom Shop, a 1958 style Stratocaster in vintage 2 tone sunburst. These John Page-era Custom Shop guitars highly sought after because of their impeccable build quality, playability and tone.
This instrument has a two piece ash body with a gorgeous nitrocellulose lacquer finish. It was not aged and would be called an “NOS” format instrument using today’s nomenclature. The neck is made from a lovely piece of stripey maple which has been given a chunky C-shape with depth measurements of .86″ at the first fret, increasing to 1.00″ at the twelfth fret.
The fretboard has a 9.5″ radius, the frets are 6105’s and it has a 1.650″ bone nut. It is unclear what pickups Fender used in 1997, but they are unmarked black bobbin units, along with high quality cloth wiring and factory shielding paint in the cavities.
This one has a Custom Shop Fat 54 pickup in the centre position which is reverse wound, so there is no hum in pickup positions 2 and 4. It has a conventional Strat control setup with VTT and a five-way pickup selector.
This is a fine instrument, with a build quality that is on par with today’s Masterbuilt guitars. The look, feel and tone are top notch by any standard. The pickups have that classic vintage Strat output that sounds superb.
Weight is 7.8 lbs
This CS Strat is owned by one of Sydney’s busiest and most respected pro players, and it has been set up beautifully to a high professional standard. It has been played on gigs and recordings by dozens of name Aussie artists.
Despite being over two decades old, this CS Strat guitar remains in great condition. There is a bit of bark off on the back and lower body bout, and some light scratches, dings and dents here and there, but nothing offensive. The lovely stripey maple neck is super clean with only light fret wear showing on frets 1, 2 & 3.
Unfortunately the Cert of Authenticity is missing – it was not supplied when the current owner bought it privately many years ago. That was not a concern to him at the time because he simply wanted a well made vintage Strat reissue that could be relied on to deliver in any professional situation – and that’s what he got.
This is a very nice early Custom Shop Strat with some serious musical pedigee. If you are looking for a fine playing guitar built to super high CS spec, this guitar is sure to please.
Comes in its Fender tweed case in excellent condition