This Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue weighs 7 lbs 14 oz. This guitar is Kyle McMillin's take on the John Cruz Master Design Strat from years ago. We loved that guitar's specs so we thought what better guitar to have all the other builders put their spin on things! We have seen this model now from over half the builders and it's always cool and exciting to see how they do things differently than one another.
Kyle's visual touch is in line with a quintessential Relic level of distressing. Not a Journeyman and not a Heavy Relic, just right in the middle. All the hallmark signs of being played for decades are present and they are easy to spot in the pics. The small metallic flake helps bring attention to the fine weather-checking when the light hits it just right. The shade of Lake Placid Blue looks a bit faded, aged, less saturated than what you'll find on some.
The body is made from Alder, a transparent sounding but punchy and present tonewood most often associated with the Stratocaster after 1957. As mentioned above, the body is finished in Lake Placid Blue, a classic Fender color.
The neck is made from quarter-sawn Maple and is carved to a Large C Profile. Measuring in at .875" depth at the 1st fret and .950". at the 12th, this is a chunky neck for a Strat. The fingerboard radius is 12" which is fairly flat for any Fender. The 1st Eric Johnson Strat exposed me to a 12" radius and I have been hooked ever since. An AAA-rated piece of East Indian rosewood was selected for the fingerboard and it comes loaded with 21 x 6100 Frets installed. 1.650" nut width puts the strings in their familiar place and 25.5" scale length keeps the strings sounding snappy and feeling taut.
The electronics are a set of Master Design Spec Single Coil pickups that are hand-wound. These wonderful pickups carry a lower output so they interact beautifully with tube amps and pedals. A Master Volume, and 2 Tone controls, are paired with a 5-way pickup selector switch that grants access to all the quintessential tones.
One thing I love mentioning about this build that easily goes unnoticed is the Brass Tremolo Block. This simple switch in materials adds a more bell-like sweetness to the top-end, softening the highs and making the guitar less harsh. The Brass Block also aids in adding sustain. It also, unfortunately, adds a few ounces to the weight of the guitar. Trust me, it's WELL worth it!
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since it's 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!
Fender Custom Shop
Masterbuilt by Kyle McMillin
1963 Stratocaster Relic
Lake Placid Finish
Alder Body: 2 Piece, Sorted for Weight
Weighs 7 lbs 14 oz
Quartersawn Maple Neck Material
Large C Neck Profile
AAA Rosewood Fingerboard
12" Fingerboard Radius
1.650" Nut Width
Bone Nut Material
25.5" Scale Length
.875" Depth at 1st Fret
.950" Depth at 12th Fret
Handwound Master design Spec Stratocaster Pickup Set