We’re very excited to see the Mid-Year Limited Editions from Fender Custom Shop, and are even more excited to get them in our hands and plugged in! Among them are a few cool relic’d Strats and Teles, along with some slick guitars with unique features. Each Custom Shop Limited Edition instrument is only available for a short time, which makes it eminently collectible and adds to its investment value. Crafted with many features reserved only for certain artists and master-built instruments, they are just what the name says they are: highly anticipated limited-edition models that go very quickly. Scroll below to see them all!
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2017 LTD '59 STRATOCASTER® - HEAVY RELIC® - Model #: 9235000484
Stand out from the crowd with the Limited Edition Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic Strat, a throwback to one of the most exciting times of Stratocaster development. ’59 saw the debut of the rosewood fingerboard, bringing a new look and sound to the Strat®. The two-piece,nitro-finished alder body’s Heavy Relic treatment, roasted neck, gold anodized pickguard and Texas Special® pickups make this guitar bad, baby, bad—especially when it comes to its looks and sound.
Other features include a lacquer-finished quartersawn roasted maple neck with “ ’59 C”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius flat-lam rosewood fingerboard, 6100 jumbo frets and Vintage Modified #2 wiring. Easy playability, tonal versatility and nostalgic, gorgeous looks make it a want for every player, and a must for every collector. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
2017 LTD '50s TELE® THINLINE - RELIC® - Model #: 9235000487
The Telecaster is a legend for a reason. Its definitive sound has cut across every musical genre. The twang and the feel made the Tele® a musical machine that’s been cemented in history by some of the world’s biggest artists. The lightweight Thinline body and Relic ‘floral finishes’ harken back to a time when the Tele became the favored guitar of stage heroes, while giving it an attitude all its own.
This guitar also features a stable quartersawn maple neck with ’57-style “Soft V”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius fingerboard, modern Tele wiring with Greasebucket™ tone circuit, vintage-correct Tele® bridge with brass saddles, handwound Custom Shop Original Blackguard bridge pickup and Texas Special® neck pickups, parchment pickguard and vintage-style tuners with the classic Fender logo. Familiar enough to latch on to and cool enough to fall in love with, this Telecaster includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
2017 LTD "64 SPECIAL" STRAT® - RELIC® - Model #: 9235000491
An absolutely gorgeous guitar, the Limited Edition Relic ’64 Special Stratocaster pops with a unique color-over-color finish. The striking contrast between the two paint colors grants a subtle hint of sparkle that pops when the lights hit it just so. Eye-catching and ear-pleasing, thanks to the hand-wound Custom Shop ’64 single-coil Stratocaster pickups, this tone machine is made for the spotlight.
Other sterling features include a hand-selected two-piece alder body with nitrocellulose lacquer finish, AA flame maple neck with ’63 Strat “C”-shaped profile, round-lam maple fingerboard, 6105 frets, Vintage Modified #2 wiring and a three-ply parchment pickguard. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
2017 LTD TWISTED TELE® - JOURNEYMAN RELIC® - Model #: 9235000493
Everything you want in a Tele and more, the Limited Edition Journeyman Relic Twisted Tele is one handsome tone machine. The secret to this guitar’s tone is right there in the name; the hand-wound Twisted Tele pickups set the foundation by cranking out hot, high-output Telecaster guitar tone, while the Greasebucket™ tone control allows you to roll off the highs without losing volume. The Bigsby® B-5 bridge and tailpiece add a way-cool retro vibe while the Journeyman Relic finish gives it the look and feel of a guitar that’s seen service on many a stage.
Other features include a select two-piece, off-center ash body with lacquer finish, a lacquer-finished rift-sawn maple neck with 10/56 “V”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius fingerboard, jumbo frets and one-ply parchment pickguard. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
2017 LTD '56 FAT ROASTED STRAT® - JOURNEYMAN RELIC® - Model #: 9235000495
How hot do you think the Limited Edition Relic ’56 Fat Roasted Strat is going to sound? It’s tone is on fire, thanks to roasted maple neck and roasted alder body with Journeyman Relic lacquer finish, matched to hand-wound Fat 60s Strat pickups with Fat 50s wiring as the special sauce. This wiring offers bold tone with transparent bloom while reducing treble loss when adjusting the instrument’s volume. It also smooths the control tapers, avoiding the typical hotspots when adjusting your volume or tone.
Other features include a AA birdseye maple neck with “10/56 ‘V’”-shaped profile, 9.5” radius fingerboard, 21 6100 jumbo frets, gold 8-hole pickguard and American Vintage six-point synchronized tremolo. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.