At the Music Gallery, we are huge fans of the Journeyman Relic. Evident by our collection of them, we usually have around a dozen in stock at all times. We have concocted our own 63 Stratocaster with some of our favorite specs but in a variety of cool colors. This one is finished in HLE Gold, a seldom seen but seriously cool color!
We order these as Journeyman Relic's which means enough aging so that it looks like a vintage guitar but one that was treated with love and respect. Light dings and dents with a more tasteful and subtle approach to the aging process combine with some weather checking to give you an authentic vibe. The hardware is lightly aged as well which goes perfectly with the aged pick guard and pickup covers.
The neck profile is a 60's Oval C Shape that would qualify as medium-thin. With a depth at the 1st fret of .790" and a slightly thick taper bringing it up to .930" at the 12th fret. The neck is made from a piece of quarter sawn maple that add's stability. It's topped with a 9mm thick AAA grade piece of Rosewood that is nice and dark. The fretboard is carved to a 9.5" radius and then topped with 6105 Frets for a narrow but tall fret wire that performs great for the lead player and rhythm guy alike.
A set of Hand wound Single Coil pickups are installed. They are wound to 1960's spec so they have all the bell-like top end, smooth mid range, and warm low end you'll expect. They sound great in all 5 positions. They provide nice quack and expression in positions 2 and 4 while 1,3, and 5 are powerful but very well balanced both from string to string and pickup to pickup. The middle pickup is wound RWRP so we get noiseless operation in positions 2 and 4.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since their formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of about 50 Fender Custom Shop instrument in inventory at all times. Whether you're looking for Stratocaster's, Telecasters, Precision Basses or Jazz Basses we are able to help you design or find whatever the special instrument you're looking for may be!