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Fender Custom Shop 1968 Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black (SN:CZ539153)

You are looking at a Fender Custom Shop 1968 Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black, serial number CZ539153. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (7 lbs, 12.5 oz.)


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Though made to look like it's from one of the most glorious years in music – 1968, this Strat plays like it was made today. This wonderfully accurate recreation of a '68 Strat is another noteworthy accomplishment from the Fender Custom Shop. It features a classic '68 Stratocaster build with Fender Custom Shop relic treatment, and hand-wound '69 Strat pickups. This guitar is perfect for the player that loves that worn, vintage look on a brand new guitar.

Classic Stratocaster Build
With its double-cutaway shape, almost every player can immediately recognize the classic look of a Strat - no matter what year it was produced. This excellent Custom Shop '68 Strat recreation is made from a 2-piece select alder body. It has a rift sawn maple neck in 1969 "U" shape. The maple fingerboard boasts 21 frets and has a comfortable 9.5" radius. There's an American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo bridge, coupled with Fender "F" Style tuning machines to give you true vintage hardware. This guitar also has a 3-Ply eggshell pickguard, bone nut, and wing string-tree with nylon spacer.

Fender Custom Shop Relic Treatment
The allure of this guitar comes from the relic treatment it gets before leaving the Fender Custom Shop. Each relic guitar sports a unique, custom wear, which differentiates it from any other Fender Custom Shop iteration. The body of this '68 Strat is finished in a period-correct lacquer that allows the guitar to look naturally worn away. You'll notice the incredibly accurate wearing of the back of the neck and the fretboard as well, the most touched area of any guitar. In addition, the control knobs have a faded color and the metallic hardware bears a slight haze.

Hand-Wound '69 Strat Pickups
It's not enough to just look like the late '60s - this guitar sounds like the late '60s too. The three single-coil pickups are Fender Custom Shop hand-wound '68 Strat pickups. The master volume, two tone knobs, and 5-way switch, are rigged with vintage-modified #2 wiring with tone-saver bleed, giving you as accurate a setup as possible. The tone from this guitar will take you back to a magical time in music.


  • 1968 Stratocaster Remake with Relic Treatment
  • 2-Piece Select Alder Body with Lacquer Finish
  • Rift Sawn Maple Neck in 1969 "U" Shape
  • Maple Fingerboard with 21 Frets
  • Custom Shop Hand-Wound '69 Strat Single-Coil Pickups
  • American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo Bridge and Fender "F" Style Tuners
  • Includes Hardshell Case, Strap, and Certificate of Authenticity

Get your Fender 2018 Custom Shop 1968 Relic Stratocaster Electric Guitar Aged Black from Sam Ash today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • Strap
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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Number Of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Neck Shape 1969 "U"
Fingerboard Radius 9.5"
Body Style Stratocaster®
Neck Wood Rift Sawn Maple
Fingerboard Round-Laminated Maple
Body Wood 2-Piece Select Alder
Pickup Configuration S-S-S
Bridge Pickup Hand-Wound '69 Strat®
Neck Pickup Hand-Wound '69 Strat®
Middle Pickup Hand-Wound '69 Strat®
Bridge Type American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines Fender "F" Style
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 7 lbs, 12.5 oz.
Series Custom
Model 9235000518
Warranty Info:

Fender warrants this Fender or Squier electric guitar or bass to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two (2) years from the date of original purchase, subject to limitations set forth herein ("Limited Warranty"). This Limited 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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