Master Design 1963 Relic® Stratocaster


Model #: 1551960803
Master Design 1963 Relic® Stratocaster®, Round-Laminated Rosewood Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst

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The Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1963 Relic Stratocaster is meticulously designed by longtime Master Builder John Cruz to embody classic early-’60s look and soul, with mods under the hood that deliver remarkable modern tonal versatility. Its special Master Design single-coil pickups provide greater output, more midrange and a sweeter tone for soloing, with a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup for hum cancellation in positions two and four. Its custom wiring features five-way switching, master volume control, master tone control and a special blend control built into what would normally be the second tone knob. This blend control offers the neck and bridge pickups together in positions one and five, and all three pickups together in positions two and four.

The two-piece alder body has an off-center seam and a faded Two-color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish that Cruz says "shows signs of period-correct wear without really going over the top." Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with a larger "C"-shaped profile and no back finish (for a smooth, fast feel), 12"-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with comfortably rolled edges and jumbo frets, three-ply mint green nitrocellulose pickguard, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with brass block for more overall tonal liveliness, an extra-sturdy larger-diameter trem arm, and nickel/chrome hardware. Includes case, cable, strap, tool kit and certificate of authenticity.

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General

General
Model Name: Master Design 1963 Relic® Stratocaster®, Round-Laminated Rosewood Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 1551960803
Series: Master Design
Color: 2-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Lightweight Alder with Off-Center Seam
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: Large "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jumbo
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: White Dot
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with "Master Design" Engraving

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Master Design Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: Master Design Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Master Design Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, Blend
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo with Brass Block
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Included Accessories: Case, Cable, Strap, CruzTools® Tool Kit, Certificate of Authenticity