Summer NAMM 2019: Fender Custom Shop unveils quartet of limited-edition models

Four relic’d pieces with top-of-the-line specs.

Fender ’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic in red
The ’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic in red

Fender’s Custom Shop has pulled the curtains back on its Mid-Year Collection. The range comprises four new limited-edition models: the ’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic, 50s Vibra Tele Heavy Relic, Paisley Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic and Roasted Poblano Strat Relic. Only available for a short period of time, these axes also arrive with choice specs usually designated for “certain artists and master built instruments”, according to Fender.

Here are the details:

’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic

Fender ’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic in blonde
The ’55 Dual Mag Strat Journeyman Relic in blonde

Highlights on this vintage-leaning Strat include a two-piece ’55 select ash body, a Journeyman Relic lacquer finish as well as three hand-wound Custom Shop Dual Mag single-coils. The pickups, in particular, are stocked with Alnico 2’s – to tame treble strings – and Alnico 5’s that inject punch into the bass strings.

Other notable features on this axe include a one-piece, rift-sawn maple neck – with a ’54 Soft V-shaped profile – as well as a 7.25 to 9.5-inch compound-radius fingerboard. Rounding out its vintage appeal are ’55-style control knobs and what Fender calls “transitional” ’54 pickup covers.

50s Vibra Tele Heavy Relic

Fender 50s Vibra Tele Heavy Relic
The 50s Vibra Tele Heavy Relic in blonde

Fender has branded this axe as a “Tele lover’s dream”. Standout features include a two-piece select ash body, a thin Heavy Relic lacquer finish and a choice HS pickup combination. The pickups are a ‘50/’51 Blackguard single-coil at the bridge paired with a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbucker at the neck. Both pups are hooked up with Dual Stack HS Tele wiring, a component that helps them “play nicely” with each other, as Fender claims.

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Along with its aforementioned ash body, this Tele also features a one-piece tinted quartersawn maple neck – with a “’57 Soft V” profile as well as a 9.5-inch-radius fingerboard. And as a neat aesthetic touch, the Tele’s body is adorned with a period-correct Black phenolic pickguard.

Paisley Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic

Fender Paisley Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic in pink
The Paisley Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic in pink

This Jazzmaster arrives in two classic Paisley finishes – Black and Pink – that each sport a nitro-finished Paisley pickguard. The axes’ tonewoods include a two-piece alder body – with a Journeyman Relic’d nitro lacquer finish – a ’62 Jazzmaster C-shaped rift-sawn maple neck as well as a 9.5-inch-radius rosewood fingerboard.

For electronics, Fender has opted for a pair of hand-wound Jazzmaster pickups as well as the original rhythm/lead circuit. The guitar also sports an RSD Jazzmaster bridge that’s said to provide you with both “snappy tone and perfect intonation”.

Roasted Poblano Strat Relic

Fender Roasted Poblano Strat Relic in Sunburst
The Roasted Poblano Strat Relic in Sunburst

This Strat is a souped-up version of Fender’s original Ancho Poblano design. It features three “spicy” hand-wound Ancho Poblano single-coils – with Vintage Modified #2 wiring – and a fat ’59 C-shaped roasted riftsawn maple neck. According to the brand, the neck wood’s roasted treatment has removed moisture for a “delicious resonance”.

Here’s an overview of the new Custom Shop collection:

More info at fendercustomshop.com.

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