Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery
Fender Custom Shop Master Built by Kyle McMillin 1963 Stratocaster Relic Lake Placid Blue KM1168 - The Music Gallery

Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 63 Stratocaster Relic by Kyle McMillin in Lake Placid Blue KM1168

Regular price $7,760.00 Sale

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
  • 6100 Frets
  • 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
  • Master Volume
  • 2 x Tone Controls
  • 5 Way Pickup Selector Switch
  • Brass Tremolo Block
  • Original Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity

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