The Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster Relic Gold Hardware Electric Guitar Master Built by Dale Wilson will thrill any Strat fan fortunate enough to strap it on. Close inspection reveals the remarkable workmanship and relic treatment for which Dale of Fender Custom Shop is known. It's available in a vintage combination of Strat specs. It has a contoured alder body with a 56 maple neck sporting a "U" back shape. The fingerboard is maple with 21 vintage frets with a custom/compound radius. Gold harware, a Vintage Strat tremolo bridge, a 56-style pickguard and three '50s pickups come together to produce its fantastic look and classic Strat tone.Dale Wilson Master BuilderDale Wilson arrived at Fender in 2003, joined the Custom Shop in 2005 and became a Master Builder in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood.Ever since I can remember, Ive always loved guitars, he said. I didnt dream of being a rock star; I dreamed of building the ultimate guitar. I was equally enthralled with the guitars just as much as I was with the players.Wilson comes from a long line of expert woodworkers, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of his DNA. He did repair work and mods in a small guitar shop right out of high school in the late 1980s; subsequently moving on to stints at Dobro and Rickenbacker before arriving at Fender, where he worked on Guild, Gretsch and Benedetto guitars before beginning his apprenticeship with various Custom Shop Master Builders.Relic treatmentHand-selected alder bodyMaple neck with "U" back shapeMaple fingerboardCustom/compound radius21 Vintage fretsVintage Strat bridgeVintage Fender logo tunersStrat '50s pickups56 Strat pickguard shapeGold hardwareIncludes case
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