The new 2024 Fender custom shop range promises an exquisite balance of classic designs with innovative flourishes, showcasing the legendary company’s take on classical models and also giving new interpretations to their beloved guitars. This new 2024 packaged adds new models to their Vintage Custom, Artisan collections, Time Machine, American Custom, and Postmodern series, including some new limited edition model.
Within the collection, several individual models stand out:
Limited Edition 1964 L-Series Strat - Heavy Relic
This model is a celebration of Fender’s 70th anniversary, meticulously recreating the look, feel, and sound of a coveted pre-CBS Stratocaster. Its two-piece alder body, available in classic finishes like Three-Color Sunburst and Aged Olympic White, wears a Heavy Relic finish that simulates decades of wear. The rift-sawn maple neck with a ‘63 “C” profile and round-lam rosewood fingerboard offer historically-accurate playability. Hand-wound ‘64 Stratocaster® pickups deliver the chime, bell-like clarity, and punchy midrange of that era, enhanced by Vintage Modified #2 wiring and a Tone-Saver bleed circuit that helps with the tone loss when volume is turned down. This limited edition Strat is a true collector’s piece, embodying the timeless magic of a well-loved, battle-tested instrument.
1957 Stratocaster - Heavy Relic
It embodies the soul of a well-worn, road-tested classic. Its two-piece alder (or ash for specific finishes) body, rift-sawn maple neck with a soft “V” profile, and single-ply parchment pickguard recreate the feel of a true late ’50s Strat. Hand-wound Tomatillo Stratocaster pickups deliver the signature spank and quack, enhanced with a touch of warmth, while the Greasebucket tone circuit adds versatility. The Heavy Relic lacquer finish showcases the wear and tear of decades of hard playing.
Available in classic finishes like Vintage Blonde and Aged Lake Placid Blue, the DLX Closet Classic finish imparts the subtle wear of a gently used, well-preserved instrument. A two-piece alder (or ash) body and rift-sawn maple neck with round-laminated rosewood fingerboard promise classic Jazzmaster playability. Hand-wound Vintage Jazzmaster pickups deliver the crystalline highs, sweet midrange, and warm lows synonymous with the model. The vintage-style “floating” tremolo and RSD Jazzmaster bridge offer expressive vibrato with enhanced tuning stability. This 1967 Jazzmaster is a sophisticated take on a beloved classic, ideal for players seeking timeless offset magic with a touch of luxurious elegance.
Available in faded aged finishes like Burgundy Mist Metallic and Sherwood Green Metallic, with matching painted headstocks, it boasts a Journeyman Relic finish that replicates decades of cherished use. It boasts a rift-sawn maple neck with a ‘62 “C” profile and round-laminated rosewood fingerboard. Custom Shop ‘62 Jaguar pickups deliver the short-scale’s signature sparkling highs and rich harmonics. The vintage-style “floating” tremolo and RSD Jaguar® bridge offer classic vibrato, while period-accurate appointments like the mint green pickguard complete the package.
Postmodern Tele - Journeyman Relic
A blend of vintage inspiration and contemporary innovation. Its select ash thinline body provides warmth and resonance, while the rift-sawn maple neck with a ‘57 Soft “V” profile and contoured heel delivers exceptional playing comfort. Offered in Aged Butterscotch Blonde, Aged White Blonde, and Aged Black Journeyman Relic finishes, it exudes a road-worn aesthetic. Hand-wound Tomatillo Tele pickups grant this Tele its classic twang and bite, and the expressive Bigsby B5 vibrato and RSD J-Bridge add flair and sonic options. This Postmodern Tele is designed for players who embrace tradition yet crave modern performance and a distinctive visual presence.
This instrument meticulously recreates a fascinating transitional moment in the Tele’s history. It features the last of the black phenolic pickguards on the classic blonde finish, a two-piece ash body, and a rift-sawn maple neck with a “U” profile. Hand-wound Loaded ‘51 Nocaster® pickups capture the iconic Telecaster twang with extra power. Players can choose from various Custom Shop aging treatments, ensuring the perfect blend of vintage character and modern playability. This exceptional guitar is a true homage to Fender’s rich legacy.
Check out Fender custom shop’s webste for more models and info about this release.