Fender 60th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Custom Shop

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Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • Meticulous craftsmanship creates exceptional tone
  • 1954 Single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone
  • The Heavy Relic treatment = real deal visuals

Meticulous craftsmanship creates exceptional tone

This Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar boasts a tinted, one-piece quartersawn maple neck - a smart choice for tone-savvy guitarists. Quartersawn wood is much more rigid than flatsawn wood, which means it vibrates better, which means more tone for you! And the lacquer finish, which is thinner than modern polyurethane finishes, will allow this '54 Strat's one-piece ash body to sing loud and clear.

1954 Single-coil Stratocaster pickups provide classic Strat tone

Bell-like, jangly, smooth, and bluesy - ask any seasoned Strat player at Guitar World, and you'll get slightly different descriptions of what this iconic guitar is supposed to sound like. Words alone can't capture the sound, but the new 1954 Single-coil Stratocaster pickups Fender designed for this guitar certainly can. In fact, the only place the Fender Custom Shop went off-book with the 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Stratocaster was the 5-way blade pickup selector they installed to give you access to those in-between tones early Strat players discovered by accident. 

The Heavy Relic treatment = real deal visuals

The Fender Custom Shop's Relic treatment starts with a period-correct nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes - standard back in the day - are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to "breathe." Nitro finishes not only look authentically vintage - they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities. Relic's guitars are then put through the aging process, and in the case of Heavy Relics, that's a lot of work to give you an axe that looks and feels like it's seen over four decades of front-line action. The process creates instruments that are spittin' images of the originals. Without sneaking a look at the neck heel stamps, you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish the Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar from the real deal. 

Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • 60th Anniversary Stratocaster with worn finish
  • One-piece ash body with Fender Custom Shop's Heavy Relic lacquer finish
  • Fender's classic one-piece U-shaped maple neck serves up outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius and narrow jumbo frets let you bend up high without fretting out
  • 3 x newly designed 1954 Single-Coil Stratocaster pickups deliver singing, original-era voice
  • Modern 5-way switch wiring
  • Custom Shop hardshell case included

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Tech Specs

Body Type Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material One-piece Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material One-piece Quartersawn Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape 1954 U
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dot
Number of Frets 21 Narrow Jumbo
Nut Width 1.650"
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners Vintage-Style Tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup New 1954 Single-coil Strat
Middle Pickup New 1954 Single-coil Strat
Bridge Pickup New 1954 Single-coil Strat
Controls 1 x Master Volume, 1 x Neck Pickup Tone, 1 x Bridge/Middle Pickup Tone
Case Included Hardshell



When many people think of an electric guitar, this is the one that leaps to mind. The Stratocaster is an archetypal instrument - among the world's most popular guitars and an elegantly versatile creation that is both a musical and cultural touchstone. At its heart, though, the Stratocaster remains a fantastic tool - with unmistakable sound and timeless design that have made it the first choice among players worldwide, many of whom have used it to create much of the most important music of our time.


No sooner had Fender revolutionized music with the Telecaster and Precision Bass, in 1954 it introduced what is nearly universally regarded as the archetypal electric guitar; the Stratocaster. Perennially sleek, stylish, smooth playing and tonally versatile, it has transcended its role as a musical tool to become nothing short of a cultural icon. There is simply nothing that sings, screams, whispers, moans, roars, rocks and rolls like a Stratocaster!

A celebration of popular features and commemorative details.

Available in 2014 only, Fender Ê ÌÎÌ__ Ê s 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster is a beautifully crafted U.S.-made instrument that celebrates six decades of the world Ê ÌÎÌ__ Ê s greatest electric guitar. Fine features and appointments include an ash body with a comfortably contoured heel, three special-design 1954 single-coil Strat pickups, a compound-radius fingerboard, gold hardware, custom-engraved neck plate and headstock ingot, and a beautiful 2-Color Sunburst gloss finish.

Other premium features include a maple neck with modern "C Ê ÌÎÌ__ Ê ÌÎÌ__ profile and satin finish, maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and black pearloid inlays, Micro-Tilt neck adjustment mechanism, five-way pickup switching and Ê ÌÎÌ__ Ê ÌÎÌ__ÌΫ̴no-load Ê ÌÎÌ__ Ê ÌÎÌ__ tone control for middle and bridge pickups, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style stamped steel saddles, and deluxe tuners with white pearloid buttons. Includes vintage-style tweed case with embroidered 60th anniversary logo, strap and strap locks, cable, polishing cloth and special commemorative book.