For 2015 Fender has put out a new line of Custom Shop guitars that we were able to get a preview of at NAMM2015. This includes some reissues of their legendary instruments, Artisan series guitars, and some new twists on time honored models. The lineup includes ’60 Tele Custom, ’52 Tele, ’63 Tele, ’60 Jazz bass,and a ’59 Precision bass. The Limited Editions for this year will include a ’55 Strat, Tele, and Esquire; as well as a Caballo Tono Tele. We are very excited to get these guitars into The Zoo as soon as we can. Built with the highest quality materials and hand wound pickups, all of these instruments sound and play great! The Relic’ing process applied to some of these guitars give the feel of a well worn in instrument. This will be your opportunity to get some of the most iconic electric guitars in limited finishes. Here are some of out favorites from the booth at NAMM:
The 2015 Limited Edition 1955 Stratocaster is an homage to the instrument’s original era. The lightweight ash body is offered in Dirty White Blonde or Two-Color Sunburst Relic’d finishes that evoke years of hard-fought wear and tear. The sparkling trio of hand-wound ’55 single-coil Stratocaster pickups is mounted on a single-ply eight-hole white pickguard, with five-way switching for modern tonal versatility.
Other features include a quartersawn maple neck with highly worn Heavy Relic treatment on the back, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, rock-solid American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, American Vintage tuning machines and a Custom Shop Limited Edition neck plate.
The Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster takes you straight back to the pivotal year when the instrument was largely perfected into the form known worldwide today. Its deep-contoured alder body comes in Two-Color Sunburst, Black and HLE Gold Relic’d finishes, while an ash-body model is available in a White Blonde. Bell like tone comes from three hand-wound ’50s Stratocaster single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with a five-way switch.
Some key features include a quartersawn maple neck with a ’57 “soft V” profile and small headstock, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow jumbo frets, single-ply parchment pickguard, vintage white control knobs, American Vintage bridge, and American Vintage tuning machines. Includes hard-shell tweed case with gold interior.
This Artisan Series Strat has a light weight Okoume body.the a one piece 5A Birsdeye maple neck that has been roasted to a deep brown hue and has a soft “V” profile with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius. It is equipped with Hand wound 1969 pickups, 6105 frets, a bone nut, and all gold hardware. We found the natural maple skunk stripe to be a nice touch!
This Okoume Telecaster has very similar features to it’s sister Strat. Again, the roasted birdeye maple neck has a 9.5″ radius, with a soft “V” profile, and 6105 frets. The electronics are handwound ’58 Tele pickups, with present day wiring. This would surely make a nice pair for anybody’s collection!
If you are interested in pre-ordering any of these guitars contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516 626 9292