Many of you are already familiar with our Music Gallery configured Fender Custom Shop models like our 63 Strat and One Piece Teles. Well, this Fender Custom Shop 69 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic is the latest edition to our shop exclusive guitars! Built with an exceptionally comfortable neck, hand-wound pickups, and a light level of aging, our 69 Strats are a thing of beauty!
A 2 Piece Alder body was used in the construction of this guitar. We had them sort the Alder for lightweight so these guitars are coming in at very comfortable weights. This one weighs in at 7 lbs 12 oz. It is finished in Olympic White and sports a Journeyman Relic level of distressing. Though, these are even a little light for a journeyman, taking a small step towards a closet classic. Either way, you'll be able to add your own wear and tear.
The neck is carved from a piece of Rift Sawn Maple. Rift Sawn Maple is more stable than your typical flat sawn piece due to the angle at which it is cut. The neck is shaped to a 69 U Shaped Profile which is considered by many to be the perfect shaped neck for a Strat. It has a full feel thanks to some broad shoulders and with a depth measurements of .850-.910, this wonderful feeling neck is even enough for may Fat Neck'ed Tele Lovers. Or rather Tele players who prefer Fat Necks, not people who play Tele's who also have physically fat necks. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the neck! A Maple Fingerboard adheres to the Maple Neck so no skunk stripe on the back of these bad boys. The fingerboard carries a 9.5" radius and has 21 Narrow-Tall or 6105 Frets installed in it. The playing surface is fantastic and the neck profile is exceptional. The finish on the neck of a 69 Strat is a little different than many earlier models. The finish on the fingerboard and back of the neck is Polyurethane hence the lack of any real fingerboard wear. The face of the headstock is finished in Nitrocellulose so it will continue to age. We had them tint the finishes to look authentic and they did a great job!
For the pickups, we've chosen quite the compliment. We've selected Handwound 69 pickups for the neck and middle positions along with a Handwound Texas Special pickup in the bridge. We have found this combo to be particularly useful since the 69 bridge pickup is very bright and thin sounding. By adding the Texas Special, we've beefed up the bridge position making it far more useful. Even in position 2, we still get great quack and chime, so you know these pickups pair beautifully! We tied these hand-wound single-coil pickups to a 5-way switch, master volume, and 2 tone controls for easy to navigate Strat-style controls. The guitar sounds great cranked up but it also sounds so sweet clean, this truly is a phenomenal sounding instrument.
We are super stoked about this addition to our fold of Custom Shop Fender Strat's! The 1969 Strat has been a long time favorite thanks to the Big Headstock and just about the Perfect Neck profile. Throw in a choice pickup compliment and you have an undeniably inspiring guitar.
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!