1956 Stratocaster® Relic®

1956 Stratocaster® Relic®, Maple Fingerboard, Faded Aged Tahitian Coral

Model Number: 9235001133

$6,599.00 RRP
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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—a profile we’ve recreated for this version—and the rectangular “wing” string tree replaced the disc type. Overall, the 1956 Strat became a highly sought-after classic, and now we’ve given it several updated player-friendly appointments for comfort and improved tonal capabilities.

The two-piece alder body’s Relic lacquer finish gives the look and feel of a well-loved guitar that’s seen countless stages. The rift-sawn tinted maple neck plays fast, with a comfortable 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 21 narrow tall frets. 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 switch, Custom Shop vintage synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut, and wing string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

  • General
    Model Number 9235001133
    Series Time Machine
    Color Faded Aged Tahitian Coral
    Orientation Right-Hand
  • Body
    Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Body Shape Stratocaster®
    Body Material 2-Piece Select Alder
  • Neck
    Neck Material Rift Sawn Maple
    Neck Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Neck Shape 11/56 Off Center "V"
    Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
    Fingerboard Material Maple
    Number of Frets 21
    Fret Size Narrow Tall
    Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm)
    Position Inlays Black Dot
    Truss Rod Nut Vintage-Style Slotted
    Headstock Stratocaster
    Neck Plate 4-Bolt
  • Hardware
    Bridge Custom Shop Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
    Tuning Machines Vintage-Style
    Pickguard 1-Ply Eggshell
    Control Knobs Vintage White
  • Electronics
    Bridge Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
    Neck Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat®
    Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
    Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Configuration SSS