Fender To Produce Just 100 John Cruz Builder Select '61 Strat Relics

61 Strat Relic Ltd John CruzAfter slipping into my best Ninja outfit and stealthily sneaking my way through the dark recesses of Fender’s website, I came across this breathtaking beauty––Fender’s Builder Select 1961 Stratocaster Relic, Masterbuilt by John Cruz.

As far as I can gather, this thoroughly worn-in Strat, which is apparently slated for release this month, will be produced in a run of just 100 instruments, and will come fully loaded with top-shelf upgrades.

Unique features are expected to include a special “faded wide” 3-color sunburst nitrocellulose finish, maple fat “C” shaped neck, dark Indian rosewood fretboard w/compound radius of 9.5“ to 12” (not something you see everyday on a Strat,) a set of Dunlop’s 6100 frets, a pair of LTD John Cruz Custom neck & mid singlecoils, Dimarzio Tone Zone humbucker at the bridge, and Fender’s versatile S-1 switching.

The guitar will also sport a body of select alder, bone nut, 4-ply tortoise shell pickguard, American Vintage synchronized tremolo unit, Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners, and of course Fender’s “Relic” treatment––imparting the instrument with a decidedly used & abused look and feel.

Comes with a Deluxe Blonde Hardshell Case (with red plush interior,) strap, cable, and a Limited Edition Certificate. No word on pricing.