This very strange year has resulted in some out-of-the-ordinary pastimes …. Like lots of folks using their COVID downtime to build some great guitars.
Some of this activity has been motivated by the fact that unless you’re in a big city, you may have some challenges finding the right Custom Shop Stratocaster with just the right specs …. until you realise that you can actually build it !
Here’s a great playing Fender Strat built by an experienced player using genuine Fender USA and Custom Shop parts sourced from US guitar parts reseller The Stratosphere in Brentwood New Hampshire - https://stratosphereparts.com/
From The Stratosphere –
“We have been helping the world build a better guitar every day now for the past 16 years. We are best known for offering the largest selection of brand name necks & bodies anywhere. Our customers range from working musicians to repair shops to some of the most famous guitar players in the music industry.”
So his order was placed and duly delivered. It was –
Fender Custom Shop ’56 neck – highly figured roasted maple, light V profile, light relic, bone nut, vintage style tuners - US$1299
Fender American Original Series solid ash body in sunburst with light relic treatment & loaded with CS Fat 50s pickups - US$ 699
It all went together quite beautifully, and has been tweaked and set up in a most professional manner.
The result is a fabulous ’56 style Fender Stratocaster created from genuine USA Custom Shop components. Of course, it plays brilliantly and sounds great.
When you add up the $$$ above plus Aussie GST + import duty + shipping, it actually comes to an amount similar to a (second hand) Fender Custom Shop guitar. Except it was built specifically to the owner’s requirements, and it’s new.
This guitar is in brand new condition, albeit with a light relic treatment as created by Fender. It has been used sporadically in a home and studio setting, and is ready to rock.
Comes in a hard shell SBK case in new condition, along with Fender warranty papers, Custom Shop owners manual and Certificate of Authenticity.