Players looking for a special Fender Custom Shop guitar would be wise to check out this unique Todd Krause Masterbuilt Strat. Todd has been a Masterbuilder at Fender since 1997 and has built custom guitars for the likes of Jeff Beck, Clapton, Bob Dylan, Gilmour, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Roger Waters, Robin Trower, and Robbie Robertson.
Speaking of Robbie Robertson, this 50's Control Plate Heavy Relic Strat is very reminiscent of Robbie's bronzed "Last Waltz" Strat. Featuring a lightweight alder body, a super comfortable "10/56 V" shaped maple neck, and Fat 50s pickups, this guitar captures the feel of a 50s Strat while offering some custom elements not found on other Stratocasters - namely, the aluminum plates affixed to the black phenolic pickguard. The plates serve a tonal purpose in addition to just looking awesome. The intention was to soften, or "round off", the upper harmonics of the Custom Shop pickups while also reducing 60-cycle hum. Win/win.
Condition: Like new (it's a heavy relic after all).
The result is a very resonant and lively instrument that's simply a joy to play. No surprise given Todd's philosphy: "It's about the way an instrument sounds and feels. It has to look cool, and it has to compel you to play."
Always wished you could play a guitar that Clapton, Gilmour, or Jeff Beck has played? While we can't do that for you, we can get you a little closer by offering a guitar made by their builder. Simply an exceptional guitar by any measure. Priced with hardshell case.
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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.