Fender Custom Shop Time Machine '60 Relic Stratocaster
Fender Custom Shop Time Machine '60 Relic Stratocaster

Custom Shop Time Machine '60 Relic Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Custom Shop Stratocaster series.

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drapeau_rouge 03/11/2014

Fender Custom Shop Time Machine '60 Relic Stratocaster : drapeau_rouge's user review

«  A great guitar, but ... »

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I leave you to check out other reviews to see the features. This is a Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop model Relic 60 color "Olympic White" for me. She is gorgeous, simply! The relicage is perfect, light enough but still visible and is not artificial. It really looks like a guitar that has been played for over 50 years.
Everything is vintage: Rusty bridge, vintage mechanical somewhat faded with time, handle 21 boxes to the old pads microphones slightly tarnished shield that verdi somewhat over time (it is between the green and white but it is not bad at all, on the contrary). In short, a totally vintage beauty!


It is the use that we realize the potential of the Relic 60.
The first round which promotes the game as through its C-shaped satin varnish as its most enjoyable. This is one of the best sleeves I played after almost 15 years of guitar. It is exceptional comfort and ease.
The body wood is extremely reasoning, the guitar vibrates everywhere and we feel the high quality of wood that make up this guitar! The weight is very content, mine is 3.3 kg, which is about average.
Moreover, ergonomics remains that of a Strat. Small flat-lock straps for little reassuring. I have therefore replaced by Schaller while treasuring the original ones.


For my part, I think the sounds are not obtained in connection with the qualities of the violin. The pickups seem very artificial, with a marked aggressiveness when you put the volume knob of the guitar between 8 and 10. Fortunately, this dose perfectly since the knobs are very progressive.
Wiring, quality electronics, shades potentiometers, noise ultra-limited background ... Honestly can not fault much about this guitar except the sound of mics that I find really too aggressive. The neck and middle pickups get more out ok but the bridge is practically unusable past 8 on the volume knob.
Even the hardware is excellent! The guitar holds good agreement even after intensive use of the bridge, vintage tuners are rather accurate.


What a pity for these mics ... Basically, I took this guitar on a whim, I looked for a good Strat and I chose it after see some tested. Initially, I found excellent and gradually her, I'm tired of this aggression.
I also have a more conventional American Stratocaster (Highway 1) and I proceeded to replace its microphones there shortly. Since then, I do not touch my almost 60 Relic is yet much better, but the sound is not as good as Highway 1, without lying.
I love this guitar and will not be able to bring myself to sell it. However, I think a change of micro able to resolve the problem.
I would do 100 times this choice because this Relic 60 is nevertheless an excellent guitar. However, it is not exploited to its fullest. I feel constrained by the original pickups. I do not know the references used by Fender Custom Shop pickups surely, but I do not like at all. Purists will be outraged but I think there are far superior to Fender Custom Shop pickups for a ridiculous price ...