Fender Custom Shop Time Machine '60 Relic Stratocaster
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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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coolfix 06/22/2011

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

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Guitar made by Fender's Custom Shop in Corona, USA.
The body is alder, flamed maple neck and rosewood fingerboard Madagascar, the polish is nitrocellulose.
The handle is in C, although it takes slightly more as a U as the handle of a classic Start U.S.. 21 medium frets were polished divinely.
The pickups are specific to this model and are not sold (to my knowledge) only.
The rest is the classic Strats, 1 volume, 2 tone, 5 position selector, an American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo vibrato and mechanical vintage that take very good agreement (yes!).

The guitar comes in a quality case of a color is inspired by the Dachshund washed out.

I took mine in Vintage Sunburst 3-tone (yellow / red / black) finish Relic.
FYI, here are the trim levels of the Custom Shop:
-NOS (New Old Stock): like new
-CC (Closet Classic): slight signs of wear
-Relic: pronounced wear
-Heavy Relic: wreck

UTILIZATION

AAAhhhhhhh! Is the handle is nice?
Well yes! I was a little scared at first contact because I found the polish too thick but after 2 minutes of use I realized that they know what they do at Custom Shop. Back to my classic Start U.S. after going through the Custom Shop reminds me every time. It's a massacre.

The weight is perfect and it can take hours of standing without feeling any pain.

Ergonomics is the Stratocaster, perfect for me.

There is something exciting with this guitar, I appreciate it more every time (and my friends, besides my brother in law that there was no interest from a U.S. conventional ended by buying one!).

SOUNDS

Be careful what you are looking for because the sound is very distinctive. I got mine back of the new continent (it's still much cheaper) without ever having tried this model and without really knowing the sound and I was surprised when I connected. It sounds vintage and nothing else but it does so well! To give you an overview you can watch this video: # https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFixcool?feature=mhee p/a/u/0/F_5uz1cZl5Y

I played on a Fender SuperSonic 22 to stay in the mind and if I had more talent, I would take to Hendrix!

The sound is banging in all positions, so that the microphone is acute only difficult to use for anything other than funk.
I rediscovered the positions 2, 3 and 4 that I do more with my other Start and sounding so well here.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the guitar for one month and I play on Start for 10 years so I know enough about the subject.

This is the guitar of a lifetime, even if it does not cover all records and is not sufficient, I could not do without.

The quality of the instrument is flawless, the finish is exemplary, the woods are very very very well selected, we are in the high end.
The reliquage is very well executed, even the smell of the guitar is intoxicating and the 3-tone sunburst with yellow if .. Yellow ... irresistible.

So yes, of course, Fender has to be a nice margin on this instrument and it is difficult to justify the price but if you find a good plan, go for it!