Wow… so this retro beauty is apparently the latest addition to Fender’s Time Machine series of guitars. I don’t know about you, but Sea Foam has always been one of my all-time favorite Fender finishes, and with this Strat the Custom Shop has taken it even a step farther –– with an NOS (New Old Stock) finish in Sea Foam Sparkle.
Honestly, I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a “sparkle” finish until I saw a Fender NoNeck Stratocaster in 3-Tone Sunburst Sparkle given the Relic treatment and available as a one-off from New York’s Music Zoo. I swear that thing still haunts my dreams…
Anyway, there doesn’t seem to be an official page at Fender, but from what I can gather these guitars are built using the original tooling and production techniques (not to mention materials, where possible) of the vintage models they’ve been designed to replicate.
Stand-out features include an alder body, a single-piece bolt-on maple neck (10/56 “Boat Neck” V-shaped,) a maple fretboard (vintage 7.25″ radius) with 21 frets, vintage-style NOS tremolo bridge, single-ply white pickguard, and an NOS 100% nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Electronics include “original spec” single-coil pickups, a single master Volume control, individual Tone controls, and traditional 3-way pickup switching.
The Fender Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster NOS Electric Guitar in Sea Foam Sparkle finish is expected to ship with an old-school tweed hardshell case, and is currently selling for a street price of just under $2500.