Fender Custom Shop 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar (Olympic White, SN:R73243)


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You are looking at a Fender Custom Shop 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White, serial number R73243. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (7 lbs, 5.8 oz.)

This '57 Heavy Relic Stratocaster looks like its spent years upon years at the hands of an unforgiving hard rocker. The body is made from 2-piece Alder (Alder was typically used on custom colored Strat's in the late '50s as opposed to Ash bodies on the Sunburst Strats) with an Olympic White finish that displays numerous dings and is heavily checked with a great degree of wear and tear in all the right places. The one-piece maple neck is carved into an old school soft “V” profile and has been well-worn and broken in with a heavily worn maple fingerboard loaded with 21 Dunlop cut 6105 frets for that coveted vintage Strat playability.

The 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster comes fully equipped with a set of vintage style pickups that have also been aged, which include a custom shop fat '50s Stratocaster in the neck for improved bass response for that extra “umph” in the low end, a Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity '50s Stratocaster pickup in the middle to eliminate excess noise (when using positions 2 & 4 of the toggle) and a '69 Strat pickup that's ahead of its time in the bridge position. Remiscent of a modded vintage Strat, this '57 Heavy Relic Strat employs a 5-way toggle rather then typical 3-way used to obtain those sweet in between tones. To top it all off, all of the hardware exhibits substantial rusting down to each and every screw, just as a 50+ year old instrument would.

This package is completed by the vintage style tweed hardshell case, providing this 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster with the ultimate protection while maintaining its retro vibe. Included inside the case is a Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity, a black tweed Fender Custom Shop instrument cable, a Fender Custom Shop guitar strap, guitar picks, a bridge cover, a Fender Custom Shop bumper sticker, Fender Custom Shops Custom Care Registration and owner's manual. Also included is a CruzTools tool box kit so you can properly maintain this prized instrument.


  • Body: 2-Piece Alder
  • Body Finish: Olympic White Heavy Relic Thin Skin Lacquer
  • Neck: Closet Classic/Heavy Relic Quartersawn Maple Neck
  • Neck Profile: '57 Soft “V”
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Thickness at 1st/12th Fret: .850”/.990”
  • Fingerboard: Worn Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Frets: 21, Cut Dunlop 6105
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650”
  • Pickups: Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster (Neck), Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity '50s Stratocaster (Middle), '69 Stratocaster (Bridge)
  • Electronics: 5-Way Switch, 1 Volume Control and 2 Tone Controls (White Relic Knobs)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Stratocaster Vintage Relic Bridge with Vintage Tremolo Arm with While Relic Tip
  • Tuning Machines: Heavy Relic Vintage Style Tuners
  • Includes Tweed Hardshell Case, Certificate of Authenticity, Instrument Cable, Guitar Strap, Picks, Bridge Cover, Polishing Cloth, Tool Box Kit, Bumper Sticker, Custom Care Registration and Owner's Manual

Get your Fender Custom Shop 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White (Serial #: R73243) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
    Certificate of Authenticity
    Instrument Cable
    Guitar Strap
    Tool Box Kit
    Polishing Cloth
    Bumper Sticker
    Custom Care Registration Pack
    Owner's Manual
Series Time Machine
Weight 7 lbs, 5.8 oz.
Model 1957 Heavy Relic Stratocaster


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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation warrants this Fender brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.

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