DISC Fender Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster, Spalted Maple

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  • Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster Handmade in the USA
  • Alder Body with a Figured Spalted Maple Top
  • Custom Shop ­­­Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Natural Finish with Lacquer and Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • AAA Bird's-Eye Maple Neck with a 10/56 Large ''V'' Profile

DISC Fender Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster, Spalted Maple


The Fender Custom Shop Artisan is the perfect example of a handmade Custom Shop Stratocaster electric guitar. The AAA bird's-eye Maple neck with Maple fingerboard features a 10/56 large ''V'' profile which provides a comfortable and smooth playing experience. The Artisan Strat has a trio of Custom Shop hand-wound Fat '50s single-coil pickups which combine with the figured spalted Maple body and 6-saddle vintage synchronized tremolo to produce the time-honored stratocaster tonality along with modern versatility that is perfect for on stage and in the studio.

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Artisan Series by Fender

For the 2016 Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pushes the envelope in the name of art while still remaining true to its roots. Artisan series instruments are custom-built masterpieces, outfitted with special appointments and features unlike any other Custom Shop instrument. Yet with vintage design touches, the foundation and spirit is authentically Fender. Exotic bodies, lustrous gold hardware, premium ''roasted'' bird's-eye Maple necks and much more - every high-end feature is fashioned and finished with painstaking attention to detail. Every Artisan instrument is a beauty to behold - a culmination of sonic perfection, passion and purity of design, with classic Fender at the heart.

Premium Features of the Fender Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster

The Custom Shop Artisan Stratocaster is equipped with a trio of powerful Custom Shop hand-wound Fat '50s single-coil strat pickups (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup), along with five-way switching and Vintage Modified wiring with a ''Tone-Saver'' treble bleed circuit. This configuration helps to keep the tone consistent regardless of volume, ensuring no loss of highs when decreasing the volume and providing versatility that is perfect for on stage or in the studio. Other premium features include a gold anodized pickguard and matching gold hardware, custom 4-bolt neck plate, a black hardshell case and a Custom Shop certificate of authenticity.

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: Spalted Maple Artisan Stratocaster®, Roasted Maple Fingerboard, Natural
  • Model Number: 1521030821
  • Series: Artisan
  • Colour: Natural

Body & Bridge

  • Body Material: Alder
  • Top Material: Figured Spalted Maple
  • Body Finish: Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage Synchronized Tremolo

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: AAA Bird's-Eye Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: 10/56 Large ''V''
  • Scale Length: 25.5'' (648mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5''
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650'' (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Custom

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat '50s Reverse-Wound/Reverse Polarity Single-Coil Strat
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat '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 & Middle Pickups
    • Position 3: Middle Pickup
    • Position 4: Middle & Neck Pickups
    • Position 5: Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Hardware Finish: Gold
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Gold Anodized
  • Control Knobs: Vintage White Plastic