The Fender Custom Shop has introduced five new models to its 2012 limited collection; four guitars and one bass. The new additions join 10 previously released models, making, says Fender, for an impressive family built for the most discerning musicians. Here's the details:
New to the collection is the 1963 Heavy Relic Stratocaster, which offers upgraded features and a serious relic treatment. Available in Black, it has a carefully selected alder body, mid-'60s oval "C"-shaped maple neck, 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, Texas Special pickups (neck, middle), Duncan® JB Model™ SH-4 pickup (bridge), five-way switching and a push-pull volume pot that splits the bridge pickup.
The 1969 Relic Stratocaster has the Custom Shop's most requested features, including a hand-selected alder body, reverse-headstock maple neck with 1969 "U"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius round-lam maple fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, '69-style Stratocaster pickups hand-wound by Abigail Ybarra, five-way pickup switching and modern wiring.
A workhorse tone-machine, the 1959 Heavy Relic Telecaster offers the kind of premium features usually reserved for master-built models. Available in Celadon Green, it features a Twisted Tele® neck pickup and Nocaster® bridge pickup--a blistering combination further intensified by a four-way pickup selector switch. Other features include a hand-selected alder body, maple neck with '57 soft "V"-shaped profile, medium jumbo frets, and custom wiring.
The latest additions to the growing Cabronita™ family are the Relic La Cabronita "Boracha" Jazzmaster and Relic La Cabronita "Boracho" Bass. Released in 2011 with a single pickup, the Cabronita Jazzmaster is now upgraded with monster-sounding dual TV Jones® Power'Tron™ pickups. Other features include a hand-selected lightweight ash body, one-piece maple neck with large "C"-shaped profile, and custom S-1™ switching. The "Boracho" bass sports a reverse lightweight ash Jazzmaster body, one-piece maple neck with "U"-shaped profile, bold-sounding TV Jones® Thunder'Blade™ pickup, and custom Greasebucket™ tone circuit. Both models are available in Black.
All models include case, limited edition neck plate, Fender Custom Shop decal and certificate of authenticity. Pricing and Availability:
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