Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster, 2-Colour Sunburst

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Product Ref: 60056

  • Custom Shop Stratocaster Handmade in the USA
  • Highly Resonant and Lightweight Alder Body
  • Custom Shop Hand-Wound ''Twisted'' Single-Coil Tele Pickups
  • Two-Colour Sunburst Finish with Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Quartersawn Maple Neck with a 1957 Soft ''V'' Profile

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster, 2-Colour Sunburst


The Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic is the perfect example of a handmade Custom Shop stratocaster electric guitar. The Quartersawn Maple neck with Maple fingerboard has a 1957 soft ''V'' profile that provides a comfortable and smooth playing experience. The 1957 Relic features a pair of Custom Shop hand-wound '50s single-coil pickups and a reverse wound middle pickup that are combined with the resonant Alder body and snappy Maple neck to create a classic strat sound that's ideal for everything from rock to country and blues.

Serial Number: R18634

Product Ref: 60056

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Time Machine Series by Fender

The Time Machine series is Fender's own shrine to the heritage and legacy of the pioneers who made the company what it is today. The Fender Custom Shop has reached new heights of craftsmanship with its acclaimed Time Machine series, artfully crafting meticulous replicas using the same techniques and tooling used to create the originals all those years ago.

For 2015, the Custom Shop proudly introduced an expanded selection of premium ''relic'' finishes that have been designed to replicate the worn-in vibe of a genuine vintage instrument. The Relic finish delivers authentic worn-in wear of a guitar that has experienced many years of regular use. Each one is specially devised to capture the authenticity of original-era Fender, with unparalleled breathability and resonance.

Premium Features of the Fender Custom Shop 1957 Relic Stratocaster

This Custom Shop 1957 Relic is equipped with a pair of Custom Shop hand-wound '50s single-coil pickups along with a '50s reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup, mounted within a one-ply parchment pickguard with a 5-position blade for modern tonal versatility. Other premium features include a 6-saddle American Vintage tremolo bridge and matching American Vintage tuners, 21 narrow jumbo frets, vintage white control knobs and small-profile headstock. This 1957 Relic model comes complete with a stunning two-colour sunburst finish and nitrocellulose lacquer, imparting the appearance of many years of aging and use without the need for heavy wear and tear. Also included is a hardshell tweed case with a gold interior.

Unrivaled Quality and Craftsmanship

Since 1987, the skilled craftsmen in Fender's Corona, California ''dream factory'' have been producing guitars that are known worldwide for their artistry and unrivaled quality. Ranging from the fine to the fantastic, whether it's building a new custom instrument from the ground up or modifying an existing one, their best is the best. These wonderful instruments have been crafted for and with the input of the world's finest guitarists such as Clapton, Springsteen, Cray, Gilmour, Townshend, Wilko Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.

The History of the Stratocaster

When many people think of an electric guitar, this is the one that leaps to mind. The Stratocaster is one of the world's most popular guitars and is an elegantly versatile creation that is both a musical and cultural touchstone. Not long after Fender revolutionised music with the Telecaster and the Precision Bass, in 1954 they debuted the Stratocaster and it quickly became universally regarded as the archetypal electric guitar. Sleek and stylish aesthetics, smooth playing and tonally versatile, at the heart the Stratocaster remains a fantastic instrument - producing unmistakable sound with a timeless design. A first choice among players worldwide, there is simply nothing that sings, screams, whispers, moans, roars, rocks and rolls like a Fender Stratocaster.


  • Model Name: 1957 Relic® Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Colour Sunburst
  • Model Number: 1555702803
  • Serial Number: R18634
  • Series: Time Machine
  • Colour: 2-Colour Sunburst

Body & Bridge

  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronised Tremolo

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: 1957 Soft ''V''
  • Scale Length: 25.5'' (648mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5'' (241mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.650'' (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dots

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50s Single-Coil Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50s Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Single-Coil Strat
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50s Single-Coil Strat
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • Tone 1: Neck & Middle Pickup
    • Tone 2: Bridge Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
    • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2: Bridge and Middle Pickup
    • Position 3: Middle Pickup
    • Position 4: Bridge and Neck Pickup
    • Position 5: Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: American Vintage
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment

Included Accessories

  • Cable
  • Strap
  • Case
  • CruzTools® Tool Kit
  • Certificate of Authenticity