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Quite a bit of info to update you with regards to this used Fender Custom Shop 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Relic Strat, with an aged faded fiesta red nitro finish – The big guitar companies  need no invitation to keep you constantly aware of any Limited Edition models that they release from time to time – Yet this 20th Anniversary model from 2015 , at first left me a touch baffled – 20th Anniversary of what ?????  – It turns out that the Fender Custom Shop team first introduced the ‘Relic Finish’ to the catalogue in 1995, so 2015 was the 20th Anniversary – Most were released in the 1956/57 ‘Mary Kaye’ style with a translucent blonde finish – But a few were offered in the 56/57 style with a faded fiesta red finish – According to the UK Custom Shop team, this was probably the only fiesta red model offered for sale in the UK – I have a copy of the Custom Shop spec sheet/travel sheet which confirms it is was factory finished in faded fiesta red – This is further confirmed with appropriate markings inside the control cavity of the ash body

This 2015 has had one owner since knew – I’ve known the previous owner for a number of years now and can vouch for him with regards to a) he only buys ‘tasty’ examples and b) he is somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to looking after such guitars – So this guitar has been well cared for – Offered for sale complete with the vintage tweed case + certificate – I can include a copy of the spec sheet/travel sheet – Re-strung with 10-46 and checked + set up accordingly

Full Spec Sheet + Info for this Custom Shop 20th Anniversary Relic Strat  :-

Playing that chunky 10/56V neck profile :-  Is it big compared to many 60’s vintage based Strats ? – Yes – Is it to big to handle ? – No – Does it enrich the tone ?- Probably a Yes for this one – It will certainly help – Even with a  set of 10’s you can make that big lump of wood vibrate and that will be further increased with a set of 11’s – The more vibration you can get out of the maple neck, as well as the select alder body, then the bigger the tone – I certainly think if you play a big neck with a set of vintage frets and fingerboard radius, plus a highish action, then yes you’ll find it harder to play and certainly far less forgiving  – Yet thanks to a set of chunky Sanko 6105 frets, along with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, then set up with a well balanced fluid action, then it will respond to a light touch, hence it is far more easy to handle than some will fear – As such cascading licks and tricks can be played with ease – Those  6105 frets allow you to dig in and full of those big pentatonic blues bends with ease, then add control to your vibrato – I find you quickly get used to it and before long you don’t notice the size of the neck, but you will appreciate that big tone – It feels played in from day one, thanks to the thin nitro finish having been ‘cut back’ for a silky smooth satin feel  – In short it feels familiar and user friendly – It actually measures a tad slimmer than the chunky early 50’s Nocaster neck profile, that is also found on early ’54’ Strats, yet measures a touch fatter than the classic 60’s neck profiles – .891″ around the top nut end and gently fattens out to .975″ around the 12th fret

Tonal character :- Pure vintage – spanky – crisp – resonant – lively – highs that glisten – big  piano like lows that are clear and rounded – transparent mids – musical – angelic – These are just a few attributes that I can bestow upon such a Strat, with a vibrant ash body and a set of custom wound, hand wound pick-ups, that provide just a touch of extra output to push the amp, as and when required – As with any good Strat how you play it, plus how the amp is set up will determine exactly what you hear – Yet overall this Strat is full with a musical tonal character, plus shed loads of soul, expression and emotion – It has enough bite to be angry when required, especially when the volume pot is on 10, yet equally it sounds musical and lush, with an angelic flute like character, when you roll off the volume pot just a touch – All 5 switch setting possess a well balanced set of voices as you move from neck through to bridge – You’ll discover a chilled out laid back voice that is velvet smooth from the neck pick-up, to more bite and attack for hot country and rock n roll from the bridge pick-up – The Knopfler esq out of phase voices are so infectious – Rich, smooth and clear with plenty of body and quack – More full and rounded from the neck/middle combination and more crisp from the bridge/middle combination

On a clean amp setting it still possesses plenty of character and warmth to inspire – Yet equally only a touch of gain on the amp is required to make it sing, as it starts to show of its true colours – From subtle blues overdriven amp settings, to classic rock territory, with an increased level of gain, this Strat is on home turf – Leave the Strat’s volume pot on 10 for more edge, bite and snap, yet always musical, but for your base tone I suggest you set up base camp with the Strat rolled off to around 6 or 7 – It will still retain the guitars full expressive tonal character, but now a touch softer and chilled out, as it cleans it self up – Then take it back towards 10 as and when you require that additional boost – Hence you and the guitar totally control the amp – As  a result, all the emotion, soul, passion and expression you require is at your finger tips – Funky chord chops, power riffs, walking bass lines with shuffle chords, blues riffs, melodic moody single lines, to scorching solos and this Strat is both exciting and musical – Some Strats tend to lean towards a chilled out soft voice, others towards bright and crisp – This Strat possesses enough power to drive the amp, but not at the expense of warmth and a vocal like tonal character, especially when you use the volume pot as a key part of your playing – Utilise this and your Strat is far from being one dimensional  – It has a big tone that truly inspires – Note the bottom tone pot will adjust the bridge pick-up, so roll off any highs you feel are a touch spiky, as required – As such the first tone pot operates the neck/middle combination

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