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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 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
- 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
- CruzTools® Tool Kit
- Certificate of Authenticity
The product price includes 6 years' warranty and 180 day money back guarantee.
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The highlights of this enhanced warranty service are:
- Warranty is extended to 6 years from the date of delivery.
- Our Money Back guarantee is extended from 30 days to 180 days (terms apply after 30 days)
- Collection and delivery costs are included for the first 2 years
- Claim 50% cash back on the cost of the policy after 6 years if it has not been used!
- Warranty is transferable if the item is re-sold
- Loan or replacement equipment will be provided if the product isn't repaired within 30 days
- If an item can not be repaired, a similar alternative product or cash discount (as defined in this policy) will be offered
- The policy can be cancelled within 30 days, and at any time after that for a pro-rata discount
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For customers in outlying areas of the country, the price of the Extended Warranty may be marginally higher, due to the potential for higher collection and redelivery transport costs.
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