When it comes to Fender lore, it's widely accepted that you want to focus on the pre-CBS era guitars (anything up to 1965, basically). While we don't disagree, there are lots of really great CBS-era Fenders out there too (hello Hendrix). Well, leave it to the talented crew at the Fender Custom Shop to replicate the magical CBS-era guitars with this fantastic 2017 '69 Dakota Red Strat. 

From the wonderful feeling "1969 U" neck carve to the hand-wound '69 pickups in the middle and neck position, a hand-wound Texas Special occupies the bridge position, to the realistic Journeyman level aging, everything about this Strat is just right. Snappy, resonant, lively, and quite loud played acoustically...

While a U shaped neck carve sounds huge, keep in mind a U carve in the early 50s is a different animal than a late 60s U. It's a really comfortable shape that most any player would be right at home on. A touch of modern life presents itself in the 6105 frets and 9 1/2" fretboard radius - a welcome improvement - making this FCS built '69 much easier to play than a vintage '69 would be. 

Plugged in, the slightly hotter Texas Special bridge pickup delivers classic Fender twang and bite while blending perfectly with the rounder, lightly compressed '69 middle and neck pickups.

Condition: Near mint (it is a relic). Very, very light fret wear is visible, otherwise, the setup feels fantastic. 

We've gotten a handful of late 60s style guitars into the shop since becoming Fender Custom Shop dealers and have to say, they might just be our favorites! Priced with hardshell case.  

  • Aged Dakota Red Finish, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
  • Journeyman Relic Aged
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck w/Round Lam Maple Fingerboard
  • 6105 Frets, 21
  • 1969 U Neck Back Shape
  • 25.5" Scale Length
  • 9.50" Radius Fingerboard
  • Bone Nut, 1.650" Width
  • 69 Handwound Strat Neck Pickup, 69 Handwound Strat RWRP Middle Pickup, Handwound Texas Special Bridge Pickup
  • American Vintage Strat Tremolo
  • Schaller Fender Logo Tuners
  • 3-Ply Parchment Pickguard
  • Black Micarta Dot Position Inlays
  • Vintage Modified #2 Wiring with Tone Saver Treble Bleed
  • 5-Way Selector, 1 Volume, 1 Tone (neck and middle), 1 Tone (bridge)
  • 7lb 13oz
  • SN CZ531017
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Fender Custom Shop
Brand New
9 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
5:24 PM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.