1956 was a transitional year for the Strat, with the introduction of alder bodies rather than ash on Sunburst and custom-color models. In November of that year, a soft V neck back shape appeared that was sometimes slightly off center, and the rectangular wing string tree replaced the disc type. Overall, the 1956 Strat became a highly sought-after classic, and now Fender has given it several updated player-friendly appointments for comfort and improved tonal capabilities.
The all-American and utterly powerful Fender 1956 Stratocaster Relic electric guitar sports a stunning two-piece alder body with a relic lacquer finish that gives the look and feel of a well-loved guitar — all colored in a unique Faded Aged Tahitian Coral. The rift-sawn tinted maple neck plays fast, with a comfortable 9.5"-radius fingerboard and twenty-one narrow tall frets. The excellent playability matches the amazing visual style — a feat that Fender accomplishes with ease.
The trio of hand-wound Fat '50s single-coil pickups includes a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup to reduce hum. Fat '50s wiring creates stronger tone with more transparent bloom, reducing treble loss when rolling back volume — achieved in part by wiring the tone pot to the output of the volume pot. Other features include Closet Classic hardware, five-way switching, Custom Shop vintage synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuning machines, a bone nut, and a wing string tree. Shop at Replay Guitar Exchange to check out the stunning recreation of the classic — the 1956 Relic Stratcoaster is ready for you now!
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