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A big, vibrant acoustic voice is the first thing you’ll notice when you pick up this used Fender Custom Shop 1963 Relic Strat and play it for the first time – It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got the ring, is a favourite phrase of mine – If it sounds like a wet card board box then put it back down – But acoustically this Strat has a big vibrant voice, so very promising indeed  – It is a 2014 model, according to the certificate, that was custom ordered with many options from the ala carte menu, so highly spec’d – I sold it brand new a couple of years ago, so I know the full history of this Strat and can vouch for the previous discerning owner and know it has been well looked after – Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10′ sand a sensible fluid action – Includes the brown tolex vintage case and certificate

Full spec and details :-

Aged character :- I fully appreciate that not all guitar players buy into the seriously aged vibe that you’ll find on certain  Custom Shop Strats, so with that in mind, this Relic finish takes more of a  lighter aged approach, that some might say is more authentic – This traditional burst nitro finish  shows no shortage of fading and lacquer checking, with less worn areas that reveal the ash body – Aged, but not abused, might be a fair remark, but still retains plenty of that played in character – As such you can  buy it and play it, without having to give it the kids gloves treatment, then getting upset regarding any nicks and grazes that it will inevitably acquire – It is generally accepted that a thin base coat and finish allows the guitar to ‘breathe’ so as to maximise the guitars natural vibrant character and this is a big plus factor of the aged approach

Feel/playing performance :-  Whatever magic is in this Strat regarding the playing experience can’t be seen – You feel it – The classic 65 Large C profile instantly feels comfortable, familiar and very much old school from the vintage era, with an extra ounce of meat on it – So very much akin to the SRV #1 profile – It can’t be considered fat, but it possesses a touch more meat than the regular 60’s C profile  – Spec’d with a thin honey tint nitro finish, that has been fully cut back for that instant ‘played in from day one’ vibe, along with the ‘dirty/worn’ character – To further enhance a slick playing performance, you’ll find a set of narrow/jumbo 6105 frets, along with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius – You can still dig in and attack those big pentatonic blues bends, but equally a slick playing actions awaits without any choking out – All in all such modern tweaks allow for a more slick and user friendly playing experience

Tonal character  :- Monstrous big tone – Big, spanky, responsive and musically warm that can morph from lush to bite as required  – The tone starts with the  vibrant acoustic nature courtesy of a select ash body – To me, the first point of any evaluation is that unplugged acoustic test drive – At this point you might also be checking out how it feels, yet if it don’t ring, then walk away – This Strat has a pure vintage character, with no shortage of snap, clarity, warmth, presence, responsive attack and of course that spanky nature that a good old Strat is known for – Thanks to a set of calibrated, hand wound JC Fat 50’s pick ups, you’ll find a responsive voice across all 5 switch settings – The ash body ensures a full yet crisp character, with big clear lows and transparent mids – First of all check out the two awesome out of phase tones – Plenty of quack and body with more depth and warmth from the neck/middle combination and more of a crisp flavour from the bridge/middle combination – Both are angelic and so infectious, so no thin weedy voices here – The neck pick-up is succulent, rich and warm with crisp highs, plenty of depth and just enough muscle in the mid range – Roll of the volume and/or tone pot for more of a chilled out character – In contrast a bridge pick-up on a Strat can sometimes be found ‘wanting’ just a touch, yet this custom voiced bridge pick-up has just enough muscle to add depth, yet retain both its warmth and bite – With the volume and tone pot on 10 it possesses enough bite to attack, yet avoids going into ice pick territory, but roll off the volume pot, just a touch, for more of a controlled voice

Only a touch of gain is required on the amp to make this Strat sing, as it shows of its traditional blues based character – In doing so you’ll appreciate all the finer nuances of tone from a responsive guitar – Whilst adding more gain will take you into classic rock/blues territory – For your base tone leave the Strat’s volume pot on/around 6 or 7 – The guitar still retains its full expressive qualities and vintage character, but now you and the guitar control the amp – At this stage you’ll find more of a chilled out character with less gain, so now, just like a good singer wanting to deliver a touch extra, wind the volume pot back towards 10 for more bite, attack and gain – Hence more emotional control, soul and expression directly at your finger tips – For blues based players you’ll hear that percussive snap and attack for SRV style shuffle patterns, walking bass lines and chord stabs with a succulent musical richness in the neck position – Whilst the bridge position has enough in it to kick dirt, yet equally it can be tamed for a softer approach  – I played around with different gain settings to see how it would respond and whatever you threw at it, it was not short of soul, emotion and expression – Less gain on the amp, but add an overdrive pedal, with the guitar volume pot on 10, or 6/7 – Likewise a hi-gain amp with the Strat volume roll off – All approaches delivered variations of gain and sustain, yet all effective in different ways – The finer nuances off the tone and gain are there for you to explore but the key factors is the guitar is responsive to you, the amp and how you play it

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