This Fender Custom Shop 63 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic in Chocolate Three Tone Sunburst weighs 7 lbs 6 oz. With core ingredients of alder, maple, and rosewood this is the ultimate rock and blues Strat! A set of hand-wound 60s specs single-coil pickups guarantee this guitar sounds phenomenal!
One of the staples at The Music Gallery is the Fender Custom Shop 1963 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic. Whether you have been to the shop, perused the website, or just lurked on social media, you have probably come across these value-packed Custom Shop models. We have had dozens of them over the last couple of years and this one is finished in Chocolate Three Tone Sunburst.
The main ingredients:
A 2 Piece Alder Body Sorted for Light Weight
A quarter-sawn maple neck
AAA Rosewood Fingerboard
Alder is a punchy, assertive-sounding wood, that pairs perfectly with the Maple/Rosewood Neck. If a little beefier than brighter is your thing, then Alder over Ash is the way to go. Alder is considered punchy, well balanced if not flat across frequencies, making it very malleable in terms of tone.
Our 63's are weight controlled and always weigh under 8 lbs, this one weighs in at a comfy 7 lbs 6 oz. These are very comfortable and well-balanced on a strap or seated thanks to perfectly sculpted body counters and great edge radius work around the body.
The quartersawn maple neck increases stability and typically requires less adjustment, depending on its environment. So even though these have thin necks, they are exceptionally rigid.
AAA Rated Rosewood fingerboard is hand-selected and chosen for its darkness. The Fender Custom Shop still has a nice stash of Rosewood so their fingerboards continue to look great! The 9.5" fingerboard radius is preferred by many players especially when compared to a 7.25". 21 Sanko6105 Frets are installed that provide a tall surface. This fret and radius combo has been the choice of literally thousands of our customers!
60's Oval C Neck Profile
.790 at 1st fret and .930" at the 12th
9.5" fingerboard Radius
Sanko 6105 Frets
This is a great neck for the typical Strat Player. Slim in the lower positions, lending itself to fast playing and easy riffing, with a nice taper that thickens up nicely on your way up the fingerboard. This makes big bends easier to hold onto and vibrato is less of a chore. Classic feeling Fender appointments of 1.650" nut width and 25.5" scale length makes this guitar feel like an old friend.
Handwound 60's Spec Set
5 Way, Volume, Tone x 2
We've selected 60 Spec Handwound Single Coil Pickups for this guitar. These pickups have the warmth and top-end sweetness you'd expect from the Era but with added dynamic control, unmatched sensitivity, and musicality all through the range of the onboard controls. A Master Volume, two tone controls, and a 5-way switch make finding your sound easy.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since its formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of Fender Custom Shop instruments in stock at all times. Whether you're looking for a Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass, Jazz Basses, Jaguar, or Jazzmaster, we can help you design or find the special instrument you're looking for!